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Tuesday, June 30, 1936 (cont)
compares the address made by Edward Everett at Gettysburg
with that which Lincoln made on the same day. We are all
familiar with "a government by the people and for the peo-
ple," those immortal words spoken by Lincoln in his Gettys-
burg address. The oration given by Edward Everett was long
and eloquent; it was worthy of the great orator, but it is
Lincoln's short speech which will live forever, "e'er in-
terested in this because of an old steel engraving of Ed-
ward Everett which hangs in the Lower Hall.
"'ednesday, July 1, 1936 Pleasant
As quests come to the Bar to pay their admissions or
to give their orders for luncheon or dinner they are in-
clined to have a little confidential talk with the Bar Maid.
The Bar- Maid, therefore, picks up bits of information on
a variety of subjects, and learns something of the person-
al affairs of our guests. Typicla bits of conversation are
"I would like to buy a post card of the Longfellow
Bed-room. That is the room my husband and I occupied when
we came here on our honeymoon eighteen years ago."
"My wife and I are in the song and dance business in
New York. But we hate to live in New York. We would much
rather live in New England, "e're particularly fond of Co-
lonial things and there are many of them to see here. This
is a grand place. ?/e wish we could stay a week!"
"These two ladies with me are from British Columbia.
They were my bridesmaids when I was married thirty-two years
ago and I haven't seen them since. This sum. er they have
come on to spend a few weeks with me and we are having a
wonderful tiire together."
"I'm a New England school teacher, old and retired, but
these two young ladies are from California. They've just
graduated from college. This is their first trip East and
they are thrilled with everything."
Thursday, July 2, 1936 Partly Cloudy
The holiday travel has already begun. It has been re-
ported that 8 different states were represented on the li-
cense pistes of cars parked here today. And there was not
a Massachusettes car among them! This goes to show that the
summer tourists are on their way from every nook and corner
of the United States. They are dressed comfortably for tra-
velling and want to see all points of historic interest.
Many of them say, "Yes, indeed, we want to see everything ,
"'e've come a long way to see the 7'ayside Inn and we may ne-
ver come again. We don't want to miss a single thing!"
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Friday, July 3, 1936 Partly cloudy
Dr and I.Irs Coulter arrived today. V'e find them de-
lightful house guests, quiet and considerate, also very
much interested in all that concerns the Inn. Dr Coulter
remarked that he would enjoj'' a hostess position here in
order to observe the people as they came in, to see their
response and enthusiasm. He is keen and alert and has told
us much about food. Mrs Coulter talks abovt their seven
months old daughter.
Saturday, July 4, 1936 Pleasant
Early this morning holiday visitors began to arrive
and continued to come in large numbers, i'oward evening there
were many inquiries aoout over night accomadations . Conse-
quently every room, v/ith the exception ef a double room,
was occupied. Mr and Mrs Zelinski came unexpectedly for the
week end. They are old friends and delightful guests,
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Sunday, July 5, 1936
Dr and Mrs Coulter journeyed to Harvard, Massa-
chusetts today where they visited the Fruitlands Mu-
seums. Fruitlands is the name of the house where Bron-
son Alcott and his Trancendental philosopher friends
tried living on the fruit of the land. They did not ap-
prove of eating or using any animal product. Consequent-
ly living was very difficult, especially for the women-
folk and the experiment was not a success. This was in
1843. In the museum are many relics of the period and a
fine collection of manuscripts, letters, etc. pertaining
to Mr Alcott and his contemporaries. Dr Coulter was in-
terested in the museum from the standpoint of diet; it
being one of the early groups having the same fundament-
al principles as his own present day theory about proper
foods. Dr and Mrs Coulter returned to Boston late this
Motor trips from Boston and back.
Communicate with the
Hotel Statler, Boston, Mass.
Telephone: Kenmore 4680
Wayside Museums, Inc.
Founded by Miss Clara Endicott Sears
on PROSPECT HILL,
A motor drive of only 30 miles from
These three museums are situated on land
until recently a part of the estate of
Miss CLARA ENDICOTT SEARS
and opened to the public every day
including SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS
from 12-30 to 6-30 P. M.
May 30th to on or about October 1st
(Open Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th)
ADMISSION, 10 CENTS
to each house
TELEPHONE HARVARD 91
The American Indian
A notable collection.
Specimens of Indian art and industries.
A heroic sized bronze statue of
' He who Shoots the Stars,"
stands outside the museum
Sculptor Philip S. Sears.
A very beautiful specimen of an Algonquin
Village in Miniature is a valuable
addition to the Indian Museum.
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Monday, July 6, L936
"Early American Rooms" is the title of the cook
L.r. R. H. Kettell expects to publish November 1st. Mr
Kettell came today with some pictu^ f our Bar Room
ch he expects to incorporate in the book. Several
years ago arrangement were made for Mr Nelson Chese and
Mr Kettell to do the drawings. The finished water colors
are truly fine and quite unusual. The colors are excel-
lent and the characters portrayed are rather stiff and
formal yet typical in their costumes of the 18th cent-
ury. There is a real bar-tender, fat and jolly, and a
guest with a long clay pipe sitting on the settle near
the fireplace. A picture which resembles Mr Chase's
work is found in the July issue of the Antiques maga-
Clipping from the
picture, "The To-
Digitized by the Internet Archive
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Tuesday, July 7, 1936
Mr Everett R Lemon, not Mr Edward R Lemon, appeared
today. He told us of the coincidence in names and said
that since his initials were the same as those of the
previous '"ay side Inn landlord, there was much confusion
about mail, etc. It seems that Mr Everett R Lemon lived
in Framinghara when Mr Edward R Lemon owned the Inn. A
further strange fact was that both Mr Lemon's had a sis-
ter Ellai Mr Everett sr : id that he celebrated his wedding
dinner here, 30 years ago. He is living in the
and making a summer visit in Framingham.
Wednesday, July 8, 1936
This is the time of year when the Register B ok in
the Bar Room becomes more and more interesting. Even our
guests peruse it and exclaim over the number of differ-
ent states represented by visitors. This being a typical
day, the names of a few places given as residence will be
Tfebster, New Hamp .
North ?.'allerton, England
Milwaukee, T "is.
New York City
Thursday, July 9, 1936
We have a new boy to help in the fron part of the
house. He is George Earle, a recent graduate of the Tay-
side Inn Boys School. George is tall and thin and good-
looking, : and one particularly nice thing which we have
noticed, is and easy, ready smile. He always seems to
have it along woth him and it is certain to please the
guests. George has a serious side, too. Today he was
quoting a verse from the Psalm of Life. It was the fourth
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Thursday, July 9, 1936(cont)
"Art is long and Time is fleeting
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave."
Duties of the new boy will incli.de taking meal orders
to the pantry, answering phine calls, and questions of the
guests. In other words, making himself generally useful to
guests and hostesses.
Friday, July 10, 193 3 Cloudy and Warm
Tauck Tours have started yheir weekly visits for the
season. This is a regular summer tour group. Today there
were 53 passengers including 2 Conductors, 2 Chauffeurs,
etc. They arrived in time for luncheon and stayed until
3 o'clock. During their short stay all employees of the
house were "on their toes" as it were: hostesses must see
that their luncheon orders were taken and that they hear
the story of the house; waitresses make ready with tables
set in the dining room. Last but not least, cooks must have
plenty of food prepared.
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Saturday, July 11, 1936
We have just had a greeting from the Great ^akes
Exoosition, being held this surr.rr.er in Cleveland, Ohio.
ss Adele Nathan stayed over night tonight and told us
much about the Pageant called "Parade of the Years' which
she directed there. In it some o^ Mr Ford's old coaches
and other things sent from Dearborn were used. Miss Na-
than is an exDert on early farm implements and has writ-
ten some books on the subject. She has also directed a
movie for the International Harvester Co., etc. »e woulo
like to see her books, written for children, which re-
minds us that it is time to send another list to the li-
brary (for hostesses and others interested). The list
will include: *
• ara Endicott Sears - Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands
Adele Nathan Iron Horse
The farmed sows his wheat
(By Jean Schumann)
This locomotive is the old "Satilla"
which was built about 1860 by the
Rogers Locomotive Works. When
former President Hoover was in
Dearborn for the "Light's Golden
Jubilee," this train carried him.
fast, the saying arose: "He goes like
This engine is heavily gilded and
finished in hardwood.
Three cars have been restored to
represent the baggage, smoking, and
Jean Schumann took this picture of the "Sam Hill" just before its trip to Cleveland.
The name which it now bears,
"Sam Hill," was given to it by Mr.
Ford. There was an engineer who
ran a train on the Michigan Central
Railroad through Dearborn when
Mr. Ford was young. He drove so
When this picture was taken,
"Sam Hill" was on its way to Cleve-
land. It is now on exhibit in the
Wings of a Century exhibition. It
will return to Dearborn after the
Great Lakes Exposition.
June 26, 1936
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Sunday, July 12, 1936
As a kind of memorial ;to our gardner, Mr. William
Lee who died in 1935, some hollyhocks have been arranged
on the Parlor table. We call them hollyhock dolls* They
are regular hollyhock blossoms turned upside down on a
flat pewter platter. On the stem which has been cut off
short, is attached a small hollyhock bud, sane times of a
contrasting ©lor. These give the effect of quaint, old-
fashioned lady dolls, with wide old-fashioned skirts.
Every year Mr. Lee used to make hollyhock dolls. We like
to continue the thought in the memory of Mr. Lee. He was
a dear, friendly gardner. We miss him very much.
Picture of Mr. Lee taken in our
garden by a guest, Mrs. Zelinski
Monday, July 13, 1936
Our guests are not without a sense of humor. They
sometimes make bright remarks which bring smiles and
laughter. For instance, when the hostess was talking a-
bout a foot stove the other day, se added that sometimes
foot stoves were made by young men, in the old days, as
valentine gifts for their sweethearts. A lady in the
group spoke up and said: "A pretty warm valentine, I should
think!" In another instance the hostess overheard a
small child ask his grandmother what the flax wheel was
for. The grandmother replied that it was for making flax
seed ! When the old wafer iron in the Bar room was
being shown to a father and son, it was explained that
when the wafer was done, a Beal of the United States
appeared on it. To make the description clearer to the
boy, the hostess said that it would look like a 3a rge
penny. The father then remarked, "Yes, but my »on wouldn't
eat it unless it looked like 50 cents!"
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Tuesday, July 14, 193 6
This was a very wa
Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Kanzler,
Billy Ford. It was too
sit about and try to kee
break in their long trip
spite of the weather we
very much. It is always
in and around the house
We missed the other two
at this time, Benson and
that they are no longer
rm day for our guests,
Miss Josephine and Master
warm to do much except to
p cooi ! We hope that the
to Maine was restful. In
enjoyed having them here
a plea are to have children
if only for a few hours stay,
children who usually come
Henry. We expect, however,
children, but young men.
Wednesday, July 15, 193 6
We have wished for a long time that we could know
something interesting to tell about the cradle in the
Washington Bed-room. It's old, it's made of pine, it has
well-worn rockers, but it was just a plain, old cradle,
until today. Now there has been a distinguished baby
rocked in it. The baby's name is Alan Kerr "hi te leather,
who was bron in Berlin, Germany, December 15, 1935. The
thing that makes Alan somewhat distinguished is the fact
that he is the first and only baby passenger to have come
to America on the giant zeppelin "Hindenburg" . Our dis-
tinguished visitor both laughed and cried during h is stay
in the century old cradle. His father is a foreign corres-
pondent of the Associated Press.
The cradle can De seen at the foot of the bed
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Thursday, July 16, 1936 Pleasant
A great many of our guests speak of the Edison In-
stitute in Dearborn and the Museum there. Frequently we
hear, "I've visited Mr Ford's Museum in Dearborn so I
wanted to come here," or "I live in Dtroit and I know the
Museum in Dearborn well" or "The Museum in Dearborn is
wonderful". Today a typical family group arrived, Mother,
Farther daughter and son. The son was about 14 years old
and announced that he is a student in the Edison Insti-
tute High School in Dearborn. His name is Lynn Smith and
he told us that he was formerly a pupil in the Scotch Set-
tlement School. Lynn seemed to know much about antiques.
He said, "Sure, I know about most of the things here."
Friday, July 17, 193 6 Partly cloudy
Last week we told of our new helper, George Earle,
who is getting into the swing of the work very nicely. This
noon after George had finished his luncheon, he said; "I've
still ten minutes of my noon time, "hat will I do with it?"
It was suggested that he take a walk in the garden. Later
we asked George how he liked the garden. This was his re-
ply: "It's lovely. It seems as if you could almost see
Longfellow smiling at the flowers". There are lots of
lovely flowers in our old fashioned garden now. They
make it bright and colorful. Among them are phlox,
petunias, forget-me-nots, zinnias, and stock.
Saturday, July 18, '1936 Pleasant
Maps, guide books and such are apt to be scattered
around the house these days, when so many of our guests
are sight -seeing tourists. We looked into one or two of
the guide books and discovered "The Wayside Inn". It was
interesting to know what other people say about our Inn
and how it is presented. The following is clipped from
the booklet called "Fascinating Trips to Historic spots
in and about Boston." This is a very nice guide printed
by the American Oil Co. for free distribution.
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Saturday, July 18, 1936(cont)
"The Wayside Inn'
Originally called Howe's Tavern and later Red Horse Tavern,
in 1863 it was named the "Wayside Inn." It was here that Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the "Tales of a Wayside Inn "
house and grounds are now owned and maintained by Mr. Henry
Ford. At the gatehouse you will find the stage coach used to bring
General LaFayette to Boston for the laying of the cornerstone of
Bunker Hill Monument in 1825.
Register, step up to the bar and order your lunch, after which
you may wander through the Inn until you are called by the host.
After you have eaten in the dining room (built in 1 800) walk out
through the gardens. You will find the old grist mill interesting
and unique. Also, don't fail to visit the Old School House spoken
of in the famous poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
After you have seen everything on this historic estate get back
in the car and visit the old country store. Drive back to Boston
over Route 20 to Commonwealth Avenue and Berkeley Street
where you turn right crossing Newbury and Boylston Streets.
Turning left at St. James Avenue will bring you back to the door
of the Hotel Statler.
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Sunday, July 19, 1936 Pleasant
The Wayside Inn Diary has been in existance
for over seven years. Therefore we think it is time to
give a little space in the Diary - to the Diary!
Those who have written it during these years have taken
the work seriously and conscientiously. They have felt
it to be a historical record, a permanent account of the
happenings of the Inn in the 20th century. Sometimes
the writing of it has seemed to be a difficult task
when nothing of outstanding importance has presented
itself for diary news. Most of the time, however, it
is a pleaare, an enjoyment to feel that the happiness
and educational interest derived from the Inn, is being
recorded; that an account of daily happenings and routine
matters of the present day can be kept. Te want others,
now and in the future to know what we are thinking and
doing here at the dear old Inn to-day and every day.
Not because the Diary has
become tedious but rather
because it has become some-
what monotonous to its
readers, perhaps, do we
venture for this week to
introduce a little variety.
Miss DeMille,and Miss Fisher
our hostesses and Mr. George
Earle our new young host have
been asked to write what has
seemed of fecial interest to
them concerning the Inn on a
specified da^r. Miss De Mille
presents her day or page tomorrow
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Monday July 20, 1936 Pleasant
About noon today fifty youngsters, both girls
and boys, attired in matching gray sweaters and shorts,
arrived from the Sharilaum and Sherwood Camps in Ware,
Massachusetts on their way to Boston. They were told
before entering the house to keer together, not to touch
a thing, and to listen to every word spoken by the hostess,
so consequently were a fine group.
One very bright little boy not much over five years
of age informed the hostess as she told of the Revere
print of the Boston Massacre, that he had seen one like
it in the Book of Knowledge. He also added when the
little shoes were shown, that he had seen the footprints
of the same little shoes out on the driveway on his way
ini This of course caused much laughter among the
children. TTe think he must have absorbed much from his
historical trip because of his keen mind and vivid imagin-
At five o'clock eight yellow buses drove into the
parking space and over three hundred members of the
International Stereotypers • and Electrotypers • Union of
North America came *o see the Inn. They were directed
to the large ballroom where Miss Staples told the
history of the Inn in her very pleasant and interesting
way and then went thru the rooms looking aab the im-
portant things she had mentioned in her talk.
For nearly an hour we were rushing here and there
answering questions, pointing out pieces, selling cards
and books, and then all was quiet.
Tuesday, July 21, 1936 Pleasant
There is much to be found on the Antiques page
of the Boston Evening Transcript on Saturday evening;
much that adds to our knowledge of Antiques. When we
picked up the Transcript of Saturday, July 18th we were
surprised to find at the top of the page the familiar
picture of Lord Timothy Dexter' s house in Newburyport,
Massachusetts. 7/e have one of the same prints (colored)
in our Bar-room. The Transcript says that the Historical
Society of Newburyport is holding an exhibit!™ cot Dexter
relics there this summer. Further on the page we found
the notice of several other Antique exhibitions. Out-
standing among them are the exhibitions in Newport, Rhode*
Island in commemoration of Rhode Island's Tercentenary
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Tuesday, July 21, continued
year, and the very fine display at Robinson Hall
in Cambridge in connection with the Harvard Tercentenary.
Monument to the Historic Braggart of Early Newburyport
A View of the Mansion of the Late "Lord" Timothy Dexter, High Street, Newburyport, in 1810. The House Is Still
Standing, Without the Colossal Wooden Statues, Which Include Such Famous Men as King George (IV), Napoleon,
Washington, Hancock, Louis XVI, Lorrl Nelson. Second Figure from the Right Is the Modest "Lord" Dexter Him-
self, With the Inscription: "I Am the Greatest Philosopher in the Western World." This Illustration Is Reproduced
by the Courtesy of the Newburyport Historical Society
Wednesday, July 22, 1936
A lady came in late this evening and asked if
she might have dinner. It seems that she had traveled
for five hours and had avoided all roadside stands so
as to have a good appetite when she arrived here. After
the dinner she remarked that the corn bread at the table
was so much like that which her grandmother made. "The
dinner", she said, "was the most typically old fashinned
that she ever had and it was worth driving four hours
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Thursday, July 23, 1936
Guests often tell us more about things of
historical interest in our own vicinity than we
know ourselves! Recently some of our guests spoke
very enthusiastically of The 7/ayside in Concord.
This was Nataniel Hawthorne's home ftfr twelve years.
The Alcotts lived in the house previously anc 1 during
Revolutionary tine s, advancing British soldiers passed
by its door. In later years it became the home of
Margaret Sidney (Lothrop) author of the Five Little
Peppers. In the present day Margaret M. Lothrop,
daughter of Margaret Sidney is the charming hostess of
the house. She greets you as cordially as a friend
rather than a stranger and in a natural, easy manner
makes you feel well acquainted with the authors who
once lived there. She has many of the manuscripts and
writings associated with the house which give you insight
into the personalities of Alcott and Hawthorne. She
points to the narrow stairway where Louisa Alcott and
her sisters played Pilgrims Progress. You climb to the
Tower which Mr. Hawthorne added as a retreat and seclusion
for his literary study. A pilgrimage was made from the
TJayside Inn in Sudbury to "The Wayside in Concord to-day.
HAWTHORNE'S STANDING DESK IN HIS TOWEH
THE WAYS DE CONC HI) MASSACHUSETTS
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Friday, July 24, 1936 Cloudy
A mingled scent of bayberry and ocean breezes
was brought to our inland Inn today by a lady who
makes bayberry candles, bhe was one of a group being
shown through the Inn and upon seeing the candle mold
in the Kitchen very modestly but entertainingly told
her story while hostess and guests listened with
great interest. She gathers her own berries from
some island near Atlantic City, boils them and skins
off the fragrant wax which rises to the surgace. The
wicks are tied to skewers and dipped in the hot wax until
of the right thickness. The skewers are balanced be-
tween dippings upon the backs of two chairs in the good
old fashioned way. The finished product green and sweet
smelling she gives away at Christmas time to her friends.
Miss Fi sher
Saturday, July 25, 1936 Very pleasant
While 50 or 60 Massachusetts people were holding
a meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida to-day, 275 winter
residents of St. Petersburg from Massachusetts were
holding a summer reunion at the Tayside Inn, The
reunion consisted of a luncheon served at 12:30 in the
large dining room £> llowed by a business and entertainment
session in the large ball-room. During the business
meeting the President of the group Mr. Laurence Campbell
spoke of the fine time which the members were having
at the Wayside Inn. He said that everything was fine -
the day, the food, the service, the house; everything.
After which statement there was loud applause J If we can
judge the good time had by the guests by the length of
time they stayed, then we know that they enjoyed their
day. Members of the Massachusetts Tourist Society, for
that is the name of the organization, began to arrive early
in the morning. They walked about the gounds, visited
the school house, were shown through the Inn and made
themselves generally at home until late in the afternoon.
Wayside Inn personel who had worked from early morning
till lat4 afternoon said that they were tired but pleased
in having one of the largest days of the season.
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Sunday, July 26, 1936 Pleasant
"Give a man leisure and you
will find out his real instincts 11
This quotation caught our eye and made us think about
many people who spend their leisure at Ytayside Inn,
Especially at this time of year. Every day you will
see a Father, Mother and children arrive at the front
door. Its Fathers vacation; its vacation time for the
children and last but not least, its a rest and change
for Mother. The whole family has been given leisure.
"Give a man leisure and you
will find out his real instincts"
According to the above quotation then, the families
we see at the Tayside Inn at this time of year, in-
stinctively want to spend their leisure in a worth
while way. They want to see places where history has
been made; find out how their forefathers lived;
learn about economic conditions of a previous century.
In other words we are pleased to learn that so many
people, when given leisure, want to spend it in this
Monday, July 27, 1936 Pleasant
The fame of Wayside Inn blueberry pie is spreading
far and wide. One of the waitresses tells us that a
lady, who was having dinner here the other day, said
that when she was up in Maine this amraer she heard about
our blueberry pie - "I heard that you served perfectly
wonderful blueberry pie. Thats why I stopped here. I
wanted some of it." Aft§r our guest had finished a
generous piece, Mary asked her if the pie had reached
her expectations. "Indeed it has" - she said. It has
been noticed that when guests are ordering luncheon or
dinner from our menu, blueberry pie is a favorite.
Frequently we hear - "I want the blueberry pie" or
"May I have the blueberry pie?" or "Goodie, we can have
blueberry pie J"
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Tuesday July 2$, 1936 Pleasant
Ex-governor and Mrs. Ely were recent guests. They
came unanounced and modestly asked for luncheon. But
they were soon "discovered" by hostesses and guests.
Several guests shook hands with the ex-governor and others
chatted with him. Mrs. Ely said that they liked to
come here but since the other road, Route 9, had been
put in between Boston and Worcester, they usually followed
it instead of coming this way, by Route 20. "But", she
added, "today we made a ppecial effort to come and have
lunch with you."
Wednesday, July 29, 1936 Pleasant
The Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition which opened
this week at Robinson Hall in Cambridge is without
doubt the finest collection of early Americana seen in
New England for many years and as several accounts of
it have stated, it is the first, last and will probably
be the only opportunity of seeing many of the items
displayed. We were particularly interested in "A westerly
view of the Colleges in Cambridge, New England 1768" by
Paul Revere. The chest or cupboard of oak belonging to
John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians is worthy o? note.
The "great salt" - a beautiful silver dish, bequeathed
to the college in 1644 is on display. Several items
reminded us of things we have at the Inn, a fire bucket
marked "No. 22 College 1802", a grease or slut lamp, a
Tinder Pistol, a Carver chair, wooden or "Treen" ware of
the 17th century etc.
MADE BY A PRESIDENT
Chair made about 1740 by Ed-
ward Holyoke and shown in
Harvard Tercentenary «how.
Thursday, July 30, 1936
We gleaned a littel information tonight from a
kindly, elderly gentleman who told us why old fire
buckets v/ere always made of leather. He said that as
the fire buckets were passed along down the line from
one many to another a bucket finally reached the man
nearest the fire. He was instructed to throw the water
on the fire, then drop the empty bucket as quickly as
possible. This was done in order to save time, of course
But when the bucket dropped to the ground, if made of
leather, it wouldn't bread or crack. Furthermore it
couldn*t harm anyone or ay thing it might hit J Our
gentleman guest said: "If the bucket should happen to
hit you on the head it would be a nice soft hit J n
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Friday, July 31, 1936 Pleasant
We didn't expect this to be an especially busy day,
but it turned out to be so J Altogether we served 250
people in the dining room and accomodated 16 guests for
overnight. At noon time the Tauck Tours arrived with
their usual bus load. Late in the afternoon a bus
brought a group of 18 from Peabody College in Nashville,
Tenn. In the meantime there were many regular tourists
to see the house. A rushing business of selling books
and post cards was done over the old Bar. Just at dinner
time overnight guests, coming in twos and threes seemed
to arrive all tt the same time. The hostesses needed
wings to fly from front door to pantry and up and down
Saturday, Aug. 1, 1936 Pleasant
Tid-bits of conversation overheard by a hostess.
"I've been wanting to come here for twenty or twenty-
five years and I've enjoyed every minute"
An elderly maiden lady. n People don't believe me when
I say I've had beaus. But I have and I've dance at the
Wayside Inn wth them - up in the old Ball Room,
Lady coming down stairs with old coat hanger in her
hand, "My friend can't get up stairs so I'm bringing
this down to show to her."
"TCe've been in all the historical places around Boston
and this the most interesting of all".
"Don't know whether I'll be here again but I'll send
lots of friends"
Gentleman eating Inding Pudding: "Now I know what made
our forefathers strong".
"I've been here many times and feel kind of at home here
"The flowers all through the house are lovely"
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Sunday, August 2, 1936
Flowers from our gardens are the source of
much favorable comment. People exclaim about the
large bouquets seen around the house. One little
old lady kept hovering around a large bunch of
flowers in the Parlor. "My" she said, "Thats the
loveliest thing I've seen." She turned to another
guest, a stranger, "Why" , she exclaimed, "did you
ever see anything more beautiful?" "I've raised
snow on the mountain but I've never seen any as
gorgeous as that!" Finally our little lady sat down
in a chair nearby and lingered close to the flowers,
Another remark came forth. "Against that window and
in that jar - its perfect I" The particular com-
bination of which our guest spoke was made up of vari
colored gladioli, snow on the mountain and white
phlox in a dark brown Bennington pitcher.
Monday, August 3, 1936 Pleasant
It is always fun to compare notes with those who ^
enjoy the same interests. V.'e were pleased, when two lad-
ies, after having lunch here, informed us that they were
from Wiggins Old Tavern in Northampton, Mass. One of
them is the old store "keeper" and the other lady sells
antiques there. Mr Wiggins, owner of the Northampton
Hotel, plsns to establish a colonial village. He already
has a country store and a tavern. V/e recognized two more
ladies today who were lunching here as being hostesses
from Miss Sears "Fruitlands" in Harvard, Mass. An attrac-
tive young lady came to the bar after dinner a short time
ago and told us that she is a helper in a tea room at
Gill, Mass. cabled the Tied Barn. Still another young lady
gave us an interesting account of her work in historical
research at Williamsburg, Va.
Tuesday, August 4, 193 6 Showers
Lss Fisher has gathered in sore interesting bits
of information from our guests during the r>aot week. Tlr hen
showing the Pistol-tinder in our old kitchen she was told
that Dunhill, the famous tobacco firm in London, is making
copies of the old Pistol-tinder box. Recently these Dun-
hill reproduction lighters appeared in an exclusive shop
in Hollywood. Joan Crawford bought them all. Ole Bull's
picture in the parlor brought forth the information from
a nurse, one of our guests, that she had taken care of
Paul Kouhanski, Polish violinist. Mr Kouhanski was given
a Stradivarius violin wor .300. It was given to him
by the English Royal family. It formerly belonged to Ole
Bull and is the very violin which Ole Bull is holding in
his hand in our picture. Mr Kouhanski died two years ago.
Our guest said that he used to lie in bed, look at the
violin but had no strength to play.
*,"edne sd^y, August 5, 193 6
The reader may think it unnecessary or out of keep>
ing to write in the Diary about historical places other
than the ".'ayside Inn. In the summer time, however, we
h:ve more opportunity to visit other historicrl places.
We hear our guests speak of them frequently, "e like to
see them for ourselves that we may di^cuos them intelli-
gently with our guest s. ihis week we have visited the
Pioneer Village in Salem, Mass. Calvin Coolidge, after a
visit there said: "It would be wholesome to think more
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Wednesday August 5, 1936(cont)
of these things. It would reduce complaint and increase
contentment ." The village is made up of crude little
buildings such as were cuilt by the very first settlers
in New England. There are three types of shelter, the
dug-out, the wigwam and the thatched roof cottage. The
only house which did not look a bit foreign to our eye
s the Governor's hou.= e. All had a large fireplace but
were sparsely furnished of taoles and chairs. Of greet
interest was the typical Puritan garden where onlj
plants useful in cooking or medicine were Planted. Abo. t
the village one sees evidences of the old industries,
the pit for log sawing, the brick kiln, and apparatus
for salt making. The pillory and stocks required by li
in Massachusetts settlements stand in the village square
Cije fJtllorp ant> H>tocUs in tfje "tillage Square
Jtiterinr nf BJiguiam
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Thursday, August 6, 1936 Pleasant
Mrs Hurst was a sprightly little lady with gray
hair and a broad smile. She seemed so interested and
beamed at our discriptions of all the old utensils in
the kitchen, ".hen v.e reached the Parlor Mrs Hurst \
quiet as the hostess talked about Longfellow but when
an opportunity came, Mrs Hurst asked some very unusual
que t ions; questions which showed a deep understanding
and knowledge of the Tales of a ".'ayside Irin. For instance,
when "Princess Mary's Pictured Face" was called to her
attention, she said, "You know, I've never been able to
find out where Princess Mary fits in to English history.
Did she ever become a queer of England?" Later she ex-
claimed, "Oh! It's so wonderful to see these pictures
of the men who told the Tales!" Finally a daughter who
accompanied Mrs Hurst confessed. She said, "My mother
has been teaching the Tales of a V/ayside Inn in school
for over thirty years." Then we could easily imagine
Mrs Hurst's thrill at being here. 3he told us that her'
pupils enjoyed the Tales almost more then anything
else and that she alv.ays tried to make it especially in-
teresting to them. "My", she said, "It will add so much
to my teaching next yeor when I can say that I've really
been here!" Mrs Hurst is a teacher in Almo, Michigan.
We thought it would be a nice gesture to present Mrs
Hurst with a complimentary copy of the i'ales, but we
learned that she already possessed 3 copies!
Friday, August 7, IS Z 6 Pleasant
There was a little furore of excitement in the
Bar room this afternoon when one of the guests discovered
that the old Inn-keepers bill for food and lodging which
hangs framed near the hall doorway, is dated Aua 7, 1797 .
It was not long before some mental arithmetic had been
done &nd the statement made: "This account is exactly 259
years old today!" Guests crowded around to see the bill
which reads in part :
Thirsday august 7th 1777
Dinner one mes oats 0:1:4
Glass rum - Dinner 0:1:6
Horse keeping 0:1:0
Horse jorney 25 miles 0:5:10
Total 1 : 14 : 6
A true acont William Bradford
Deliverer to Oapt Crosby.
;ayside inn diary
Saturday, Aug. 8, 1936
A Chinese Proverb says: "One picture is worth
10,000 wo* ds.
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dame
the former Thelma
^ilhelmson of «est
to-day in the
garden at Wayside
Kr. &Mrs. G.E. Leason
celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary at
the Wayside Inn
Mr. &Mrs . Leason
married 50 years ago
to-day and Mr.&Mrs.
Dame married to-day.
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Saturday, Aug. 8, 1936 continued
The Bridal party - immediately after
Mr. & Mrs. Leason of Hyde Park, Mass.
and their 3 children
Mr. & Mrs. Leason & 4 children
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Sunday, August 9, 1936 Pleasant
This has been a kind of reunion week-end
for friends of the Wayside Inn. Last Friday we
were surprised when our friend Mr. Baxter who
plays the dulcimer in Mr. Ford's orchestra, came
in "just to show the missus the place", he said.
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter stayed through most of the
afternoon and shook hands with Mr. Sennott, a number
of the waitresses and hostesses. Next we were delighted
to receive the first contingent or the advance guard
of the Boys School Reunion. Two or three of the boys
arrived yesterday. They are looking splendid and seem to
have grown up considerably since we last saw them ~
but more about the boys reunion later. Our next 7?'ayside
Inn-er came for dinner recently. She was Marion Labree,
sweet young hostess and Bar-maid who was with us for
two or three years beginning in 1923 when the Inn was
first purchased by Mr. Ford. Marian is now the wife of
Dr. Quevsos of Guatemala City, Central America. She
has a small child. Last but not least of the Wayside
Inn family to return was Mr. W. W. Tayor . We saw him
for only a few minutes but it was nice to have e
glimpse of him and we were glad to see him jolly and
Monday, Sugust 10, 1936 Pleasant
Every afternoon at 3 o'clock promptly there is
an influx of visitors - usually a group of about 30
or 40 men and women. They are passengers on the Gray
Line Bus tour which makes a circuit of Lexington and
Concord and Wayside Inn. Like other people who come
in busses, this tour brings sd me of our most interested
visitors. They come from all parts of the country.
Promptly at half past three the Bus horn sounds and
they are on their way back to Boston. Below is a picture
of the regular 3 o'clock Gray Line Bus with passengers
and riTivflra. ...
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Tuesday, August 11, 1936 Pleasant
Six boys have come for the Wayside Inn:J3oys
School reunion and v/e were prowd to entertain them
as guests of the Inn to-day. There wasn't time to talk
with each one individually but we did hear something
of their ambitions, their friends and their work, in all
of which we are very interested. They all look wonderfully
well; well mannered, well groomed and physically well.
"I think theres a chance fbr me" or "I've been able
to get along pretty well" or "Its oeen a great ex-
perience" were remarks heard frequently. Much was
said about Greenfield Village and we were ofcourse in-
terested in what Earl Stoddard told of his work with the
guides there. Some of the 'coys brought friends with them
and all seemed intent on making every minute of their
vacation time count for seeing old friends. The boys who
came for the reunion were:
Thomas Li age 11a
Wednesday, August 12, 1936 Pleasant
One of our recent visitors has been Mr. Walter
Ellis, president of the Haddonfield Historical
Society of Haddonfield, N.J. He reminded us that
Haddonfield is the setting of the Theologians' Tale
in Tales of a V'ayside Inn. The story of Elizabeth
Haddon is a. simple, winsome tale. There are some lines
that we like very much, for instance:
"Ships that pajs in the night, and speak
each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice
in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life, we pass and
speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness
again and a silence."
Mr. Ellis knw the tale well. He told us of other
historical interests in Haddonfield. We had not known
that it was in the Old King Hotel in Haddonfield that
the Assembly met and passed the resolution to make
New Jersey a state.
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Thursday, August 13, 1936 Pleasant
A tiny Boston Bean pot and a handkerchief
were the favors given to each guest of the Apole
Growers Association of America who had luncheon
here to-day. Two hundred wives of convention
members were entertained with a bus trip to
Lexington and Concord ending with luncheon at tie
7 ay side Inn. During the luncheon lucky numbers
were drawn and prizes given - adding to the pleasure
of the occasion. We heard on all ides that the
luncheon was delicious a d the service excellent.
"I think every body is just thrilled with the place"
remarked one of the ladies. Tables in the large
dining room looked particularly pretty with freshly cut
BOSTON BEAN POT
You may joke about our culture or our provincial
Deplore our queer and twisted streets that lead
you in a maze,
Yes! — ridicule our accent, our manners, or our
But — be discreet, for love of Pete and
Don't decry our Beans.
Friday, August 14, 1936 "'arm
We might call the wool carders and the flax
hetchel in our old kitchen, two unattractive exhibits.
There is nothing pretty or graceful about thera, but
they are interesting and were undoubtedly found in
every well equipped farmhouse of the 18th century.
The carders - two flat pieces of board with tiny. little
teeth - and the hetchel with long large spikes- attracted
the. attention of an elderly gentleman to-day. He gave
us a conundrum about the carders.
"East, west, north, south
500 teeth and nary a mouth."
For the flax hetchel he contributed the information
that when a chold was particularly naughty in the old
days, his mother would say "That child needs hetcheling".
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Saturday, August 15, 1936 Very warm
It might be said that Mary Cronin hasthe best
sense of humor of any of our waitresses. At least
she has an especially good repertoire of funny stories.
To-day she told us a story which is very apropos of
our weather conditions. She said: "A poor negro was
walking down the street on a very cold, windy, winter
day. He was poorly clad in a thin sack sui^, no over-
coat or gloves. Finally he sang out - "OH, V'ind, where
were you last August!" This being the warmest day of
the season, we too have wondered where a nice cool v/ind
could be found. We have wished for a cold Februarjr
breeze. Guests have looked hot and fagged all day.
"omen have arrived with fans end men without coats.
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Sunday August 16, 1936 Pleasant
Yfhen some of our guests appear for luncheon
or dinner we do not think of them as guests, but rather
as personal friends. The3r talk to us of their personal
life; the books they have been reading, trips they have
taken, ofter Inns they have visisted and instead of giving
them the usual explanatory information about the Wayside
Inn we tell them about our flowers or our recent visitors
or we mention the schools. They are keenly interested
in what we have been doing. "TCe like to see these Wayside
Inn friends for they bring a cheery smile and greeting
and on leaving they always promise to come again. Some
of our friends who come most frequently are the
Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Smith Winthrop, Mass
Mr. A. F. Knowlton Worcester, Mass
Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Bowker Worcester, Mass
Mr. & Mrs. Perry Providence, R.I.
Mr. & Mrs. George F. Gookin Cambridge, Mass
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Stewart Brookline, Mass
Mr. & Mrs. Heywood Providence, R. I.
Mr. & Mrs. Humphries Brookline, Mass.
Mr. James Baker Concord, Mass
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Monday, August 17, 1936 Warm, showers
It is almost the greatest pleaure you can imagine
and a real service, to show a blind person the ITayside
Inn. Today we entertained five elderly ladies from the
Memorial ;Home for the Blind in Worcester. They set down
in the Bar-room while Miss DeMille took first one object
then another from its customary place and asked them to
feel of it while she explained it carefully to them.
The expressions of delight and pier sure and the smiles
brought forth were of a sincere and genuine nature seldom
seen. Another blind guest was a Mr. Irwin Palmer who
stayed overnight. The next morning we had the oleaare
of telling him about the TTayside Inn. A more appreciative
visitor is hard to find. Later we had a letter from Mrs.
Palmer from the American Foundation for the Blind in
New York. 7?e didn't like to ask Mr. Palmer his business
altho* we felt that one with such a keen mind was probably
employed in some useful occupation. Very like ly Mr.
Palmer is connected in an official way with the above
Tuesday, August 18, 1936 Cooler
The writer wishes it were possible to give an
adequate pi cure of the Wayside Inn on a busy summer day,
to describe every visitor, to tell of every little in-
cident that happens in the course of twelve hours. It
is truly thrilling to be here, to greet men, women and
children from every part of the United States who have
found their wuy to the Wayside Inn and then to give them
what we can of the life and thought , the atmosphere and
friendliness of this dear old place. "You have made this
house live for me", declared a guest the other day. That
is what we try to do for every single visitor.
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Mr. Kenneth Petrak
Mr. George Burns Jr.
Miss Annabelle Schweitzer
mother and sister
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Wednesday, August 19, 1936 Cloudy .& ?*indy
Mr. & Mrs. L. S. Sheldrick and their daughter
Miss Barbara Sheldrick from Dearborn were here for
luncheon today. They made a tour of the house under
Miss DeMille's guidance and were shown the things outside
by Mr. Sennott. Miss DeMille reports that they had a
very good time. She said that they were anxious to see
places that they remembered after being here 9 years
ago. We had been looking forward to their visit and glad
they could spend a few houss with us.
Thursday, August 20, 1936 ^rra
Two very attractive young men soent the night
here tonight. They were both from San Francisco. One
of them was Mr. Lawrence Livingston, Jr. and the other
we judged to be his companion. Mr. Livingston is only
18 years old but evidently his parents deemed it an
opportune time to send him on a trip, especially to see
American First. Consequently after graduating from High
School this past June, the boys started by boat through
the Panama Canal, thence to New York. From there they
took a train to Detroit where they purchased a new
Ford car, "just to be loyal, you know" said young Mr.
Livingston with a twinkle in his eye. Coming back east the
boys have seen Boston and vicinity. From here they planned
to go through the \Tnite Mts. Then to Washington, D.C. and
home through the National Parks. Mr. Livingston enter-
tained us the whole evening with stories of his travels.
He expects to enter Stamford University this Fall and then
to the Harvard Lav; School. "I'll surely be neighborly when
I'm at Harvard" he said.
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Friday, August 21, 1936
Speaking of our friends Mr. & Mrs. Perry. They
carae to-day. Mrs. Perry had carefully copied the following
verse for us. She found it on a Tavern guest book down
on Cape Cod. Vie think the "Rules of this xavern" might
have applied to the Red Horse xavern when kept by a Howe
landlord in the 18th century.
rwo pence a night for bed
Six pence wi th supper
No more than five to sleep in one bed
Organ grinders to sleep in the V?ash house
No dogs allowed upstairs
No beer allowed in the Kitchen
No Razor grinders or Tinkers tfken in
Saturday, August 22, 1936
A group from the American Bar Association, Librarians
in charge of Law Libraries carae for dinner tonight under the
leadership of Prof. Eldron R. James of the Harvard Lav:
School. They were a fine group, interested in the Inn and
the schools which they had ann ooportunity to see before
dinner. After an especially arranged dinner,
carefully prepared menu, served to 77they had
The principal speaker was Judge Lummis of trie
that is , a
?;ayside inn diary
Sunday, August 23, 1936
The way automobiles swarm around the Grist Mill
on Sunday afternoons is indicative of considerable
interest. Since the mill hat been open on Sunday,
there is a decided increase in the number of visitors
there. To drive a car along the road oy the mill at
three or four o'clock in the afternoon means to slow
down to a speed of 5 or 10 niles an hour. Visitors
park their cars on either side of the road and then
scurry across the field to the mill. They enjoy the
picturesque setting of the mill and seem to like
wandering about bothe inside and outside. The miller
reports a good dispersement of flour and guests are
pleased with the unique and yet practical souvenier they
can carry away from the 'Vaysice Inn.
Monday, August 24, 1936
We are going to call this the average summer day.
One hundred and fifty-five guests were served in the
dining room and two hundred and thirty-five people came
just to see the house; making a total of three hundred
and ninety visitors. In the evening, the governor of
North Carolina, Honorable J.C.R. Elringhr™. was a dinner
guest. His name now apoea rs under that of Ex-Governor
Ely of Massachusetts in our special guest book.
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Tuesday, August 25, 1936
Below is a picture of our dear friend Mr. James E.
Baker of Concord.
Mr. Baker recently
presented us with a
number of old books.
They are mostly
early 14th century
Mr. Baker said
about the books:
you like with
rather give them
to you now end
I'll know where
they are". We
them always as
a kind of mem-
orial to a
fine friend of
the Wayside Inn.
7/ednesday, August 26, 1936
We had been expecting several guests to arrive from
Detroit, but we didn't expect them to all arrive at the
same time! They did, however. Around dinner time this
evening, two boys, Mr. Kenneth Petrak and Mr. George Burns Jr
arrived. Soon afterwards, Miss Annabelle Schweitzer, her
mother and sister «&n.e in. Later Mr. and Mrs. R. E. B'elix
appeared. The latter are not directly from Detroit, but
indirectly. Mrs. Felix being Mr. Carapsall's daughter. We
hope that th^y will all enjoy their stay at the Inn.
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Mrs. Cora E. Leraon and.
son, Mr. Edward ?. Leraon
visitors to the Inn on
August 25, 1936
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Thursday, August 27, 1936
Mr. Sennottt anc the hostesses have been busy in
making our house guests comfortable and in showing
them the house and grounds. Miss Schweitzer and her
mother and sister left this afternoon. Miss Schweitzer
told us something of her work in Mr. Ford's office and
of the vacation trip they are having. The boys have
visited Boston and have spent considerable time here in
looking around the Dlace. We have discovered that they
are particular ly fond of steak.* Mr. and Mrs. Felix
enjoyed a game of tennis this afternoon. The boys and
Mr. and Mrs. Felix are staying over tonight. Also a
Mr. and Mrs. Backus and three children. Mr. Backus and
his f ar ily paid us a visit this afternoon and decided to
stay overnight. Mr. Backus is an assistant to Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Backus
and 3 children
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Friday, August 28, 1936
All day long we have entertained members of the
American Bar Assoc ietion and their wives. Starting at
11 o'clock this morning and on through till about 4 o'
clock this afternoon, there came one bus load of people
after another, making a total of approximately 400
people who visited the Inn from that one convention, in
session in Boston. They proved to be very nice people and
very much interested in the house. There was an enthusiastic
response to the hostess story end things to be seen outside
the house were also enjoyed. In the evening 11 Jppanese gentle-
men dined here. . . the party being arranged by Captain Otsuki
one of our frequent guests. The following account tells
about our distinguished guests. An excerpt of a clipping
taken from the Boston Post of August 24th is also included.
Pays Flying Visit
to Boston Yard
Japanese Naval Officer Makes
Tour of City and Departs
for Niagara Falls
Scuttling about in that swift, fan-
ciful way to which vice' admirals and
internationalists are rjieir, Vice Ad-
miral Zengo Yoshida of the Imperial
Japanese Navy paid an unofficial
visit to Boston, saw a number of its
representative sights, sped to Wor-
cester with his staff and entrained
for Niagara Falls. He will return to
New York, where part of the Japan-
ese squadron is making a friendly
Vice Admiral Yoshida and his staff
were met at the South Station by
Lieutenant Yukio Otsuki and a dele- j
gation of local Japanese business
men, including Dr. Fugisturo and
Yatsu Hashi. Acting Superintendent
Edward W. Fallon provided a police
escort for the visitors.
At the Charlestown Navy Yard the
Japanese party called upon .Rear
Admiral Walter R. Gherardi and
were shown through the yard. They
were in civilian dress and no salute
was given. Commonwealth Pier, the
Museum of Fine Ats. Harvard Uni-
versity, historic Concord and the
Wayside Inn were among points vis-
ited by the Japanese guests.
Vice Admiral Yoshida and his staff
will visit Montreal and Ottawa, re-
turning to New York on Monday and
sailing for Japan Sept. 2.
From speech made
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Saturday, August 29, 1936
This was a day full ;of much business in spite of the
rain. By business we mean, ofcourse, guests for luncheon
or dinner and to see the house. At noon time 18 men of the
Grandmother Mince Meat Co. were served a chicken dinner
in the old kitchen. A novel feature of their party was a
large mince pie containing -- not mince meat — but orders
for 110 tons of mince meat I
Early morning visitors today were Mr. and Mrs. Frank
La Forge of Darien, Conn. They were tremendously interested
in the house and bought several of our books and post cards,
then decided to stay here for luncheon. In the meantime,
Miss Fisher identified Mr. La Forge as being the famous
composer and musician who has trained many of our best opera
singers. We asked Mr. LaForge to sign in our special guest book a
and invited him to come again. He said: "I will and I'll send
many of my friends to you".
Also for luncheon came our friends Mr. and Mrs. Perry
from Providence (mentioned in the Diary of August 16th) who
were driving a spic span new Ford car.
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Sunday, August 30, 1936 Pleasant
A Ford roadster from Dearborn, Michigan appeared in our
parking space this morning. We soon learned that two more boys
from the Edison Institute had arrived late last evening. They
are Wijliam Donaldson and Robert Snow. After a good rest they
had luncheon and then started to see and do all the interesting
things. This afternnon they planned a sight-seeing tour of Boston,
Monday, August 31, 1936 Pleasant
Very little has been s:id about the Marys Lamb School hcuse
in the diary recently, but it is a much talked about subject at
the Inn these days. Many times during the day you c*n see small
children grasping their parents hand on their way to the Redstone
Schcol. We went down for a whi.e this afternoon and f-und the
usual interest among the gusts in the appealing little story of
the school. Guests do love to hear about it; they linger by the
de ks and sit in the old seats. They like to reminisce about the
little red school house which they attended and they do remember
desks such as these, a stove exactly ]ike the one we have or a
big bell like that used by Polly Kimball, the teacher. If the
sale of Mary Lamb books, as we call them, is any indication of
intere-t in the school, then we think there is a great deal of
Tuesday, September 1, 1936 Pleasant
A great aeal has been written shout the Betty and Phoebe
lamps. S me say that the origin of the name Betty is from the
German word "besser" meaning better. The Betty lamp is better
than an earlier form. But where the name Phoebe originated ±s=
is not known. A guest today offered a possible suggestion.
He said that the name phoebe probably comes from "viel besser"
meaning much better in German. We think this is worth recording.
Viel is pronounced with the p h souncf^in phoebe. The Phoebe
lamp is much better than the Betty. It has a double trough for
catching the <f rippings of grease.
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Wednesday, September 2, 1936 Showers
During these busy days we have heard the following remarks
by our guests.
"This is really the only place we have felt at home"
"Gracious! Two hundred and fifty years old! I hope it
doesn't fall down while I'm here,"
"It has been a privilege to be here,"
"The charm of the place is in its freedom".
"That high-boy is not as handsome as the one my father had".
"The guide told us to see this p^ace if we didn't see anything
else in New England".
Thursday, September 3, 1936 Showers
We mentioned among our special Wayside Inn friends, Mr. snd
Mrs. Humphries who come every Thursday night for dinner. Mrs.
Humphries told us an interesting story when she was here tonight.
She said that when she was entertaining a Madame Howe from France
recently, she brought her guest to the Wayside Inn. When Madame
Howe saw the landlord's coat-of-arms over the mantle in the Parlor
she exclaimed "Why, it s the same coat-of-arms as is on my ringl"
The peculiar circumstance is, that for several generations, Madame
Howe's family have owned a house in England called "Wayside".
More recently Madame Howe has lived in and owned a villa at Le
Touquet, France which she has named Villa Wayside.
Friday, Sept. 4, 1936 Pleasant
Vari us comments are heard about the food served in our dining
room. The most frequent remark is: "Its delicious, but I've eaten
too muchl" The other day a lady said: "Your jams and jellies are
excellent. Can't I buy some to gake home?" Tonight we had as a
guest, the manager of the Endion Club in Washington, D. C. She
asked: "Where in the world do you find your broilers?" "I can't
buy chickens like this in Washington". In both cases the guests
we^e informed that a great deal of our food is "home grown". The
jams and jellies are made here and the cbickens 're raised on our
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Saturday, September 5, 1936 Pleasant
Many people tell us how much they have enjoyed hearing
about th e house; having the various household articles ex-
plained and learning of Longfellow* s association with the
Inn. But we think it a real compliment when a man, such as one
who came to-day, expresses his sentiments. He was a large,
rugged looking man, possibly a farmer. He listened attentively.
When the hostess had finished the "story" in the kitchen she added:
"I'd be glad to answer questions. It is difficult to cover the
whole situation in a few minutes time." Then the man spoke out,
spontaneously and sincerely. He said: "I think y u do excellent! r
Another day recently the same type of person was listening in the
Bar-room. After the story of the flint lock musket in the Bar room
had been told, our guest said earnestly, "Now, ain't that a sweet
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, Sept. 6, 1936 Pleasant
This holiday week-end has brought the usual nrowd of
guests to the Inn. Pleasant weather has added to their en-
joyment and the girden, the school house and the mill have been
visited by hundreds of people. Group aftsr group has been
taken through the Inn and now - at the close of a busy day -
it seems as if everything has run smoothly. Guests have been
greeted at the door, shown through the house, ordered dinner
and given a pleasant farewell on their departure.
Monday, Sept. 7, 1936 Pleasant
"When is the hostess going to tell the story of the
house?" asked a guest this evening. Then he turned to his friend
and said, "Yes, you must hear this story, its wonderful". "Why,
is it so wonderful?" asked the gentlemen. "Because there is not
another story just like this one in the whole wide world!" That
is a new viewpoint; a new slant on the situation and it is, ofcourse,
true. No where else in the world can a story be heard just .like the
one we tell at the Wayside Inn — of an Inn 250 years old, in one
family through five generations and immortalized by the poet
Longfellow. It is indeed a great and true story.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1936 Showers
The poster announcing the run of the coach "Cricket" from
Boston to the Wayside Inn in the year 1901 has hung in a corner
of the Bar for many years. Guests comment on it and ask questions
about it. We haven't known much about the poster, an a matter of
fact, except that some wealthy person in Boston wanted to revive
coaching and supported a coach which came out to the Inn bringing
luncheon guests. The fare was $5.00 round trip. To-day Mrs.
Ray Dennis of Morristown N. J. lookedat the poster and exclaimed:
"Why, I've ridden on that coach!" Mrs. Dennis came here when a girl.
She remembers riding on the coach and says that the coach was a
fancy of Mr. Howard Brown who owned ^nd drove it. Mrs. Dennis has
some photographs of the coach which she promised to send for our
W*YSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1936
Not ong ago, when the A merican Bt A ssociation visited the Inn,
the hostess w~s telling a large group about the household utensils
in the kitchen. The sun suddenly went under a cloud and the room
became rather dark. Those in the rear of the group had difficulty
in seeing the various articles. Q uich as a wink, a gentleman on
the front row of guests produced a flash light from his pocket. He
flashed it on the article and a loud chorus from the rear voiced
approval. "Thats finel" they said. Then as other articles were
shown the flash light was again used until it became the source of
some gaiety and laughter. Later when the picture below was being
taken, some one of the ladies on the step called out, "Wait - here
comes the man with the flash light!" Sure enough, down the gravel
roadway, came our friend. Here he is in the center of the picture,
the man with the flash light 1
Thursday, Sept. 10, 1936
The best piece of news for to-day is thet Mr. Henry Ford and
Mr. Campsall arrived at the Inn this afternoon, to stay overnight.
Needless to say thpt it is a great pleasure to the whole Wayside
Inn family to hr.ve this visit.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, Sept. 11, 1936 Pleasant
Almost every day this week there have been several guests
(gentlemen) with ribbon badges in the lapel of their coats.
The badge indicates that the person is attending the Harva rd
Tercentenary celebration. Different colored ribbons on the
badges designate the particular field of education in which the
person is working. Crimson ribbons, however, denote an invited
guest of the University. To-day a gentleman with crimson ribbon
badge arri.ed. He came with Prof. Ulich, a frequent guest and
from Prof. Ulich we learned that we were entertaining one of the
greatest scholars :.n the world, an outstanding representative of
his field — Ancient La gal History and Roman Law. He was Prof.
Wenger of Vienna University in Austria. "I bring these foreign
people here," said Prof. Ulich, "because they think of America,^ as
New York. I like them to see this place and what it represents of
American life". Prof. Wenger consented to register in our special
book. He started a new page. We've decided to reserve this one
page for Harvards' distinguished guests and hope we have more of
Saturday, Sept. 12, 1936 Cloudy
One f ohe prettiest sights seen near the Inn presnted
itself to-day when members of the Millwood Hunt came riding down
the hill from Framingham. One of the members apologized for not
appearing in their usual hunting costumes of dark green. Never-
theless it w?is thrilling to hear the call "pack in", pack in" to
the hounds and the swing of the riders — on their way to
"take" six new jumps.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, September 13, 1936
Pie -is ant
It was a surprise today to welcome to the Inn the person
who painted the portrait of Lyman Howe which hangs in the P rlor
and which is one of our most important exhibits. It will be
remembered that Lyman Howe was the landlord at the time Long-
fellow visited the Inn and that the poet included the landlord
of the Inn in the goup he pictured around the fireplace telling
the Tales, The Landlords story is perhaps the most famous —
"Paul Revere' s Ride", It has often been wondered just when and
where the portrait of Lyman Howe was obtained. Mr. Burdick, the
artist sr.ys that he was engaged by Mr. Lemon to do the picture
from an old daguerreotype Mr. Burdick has painted many portraits
"from Maine to California " he said. His home is in Maiden, Mass.
and he is now nearly ninety years old, but is especially keen
and alert. He kindly consented to give us his autograph.
"AS ANCIENT IS THIS HOSTELRY
AS ANT IN THE LAND WAV BE.
BUILT IN THE OLD COLONIAL DAV
•.■HEN MEN LIVED IN A GRANDER WAY
WITH AMPLER HOSPITALITY- 1 ^
Monday, September 14, 1936
All the household was preparing today for the party to be
held tomorrow. Not for a long time has so much attention been given
to every detail of the affair w:,ich is to be a coming-out party for
two of Bostons' debutantes. Just to show the kind of party that is
planned, a few of the arrangements are hereby mentioned.
90 ycung ladies to be seated in
the large dining room
2 "head" tables, one to seat
14, one to seat 12 (for mothers and
7 persons (including fathers
and brothers) to be seated in
old dining room
Flowers on tables
of the debutantes.
Any members of the Press
to be served luncheon in the
old Dining room
Large Ball-room to be used
for reception previous to luncheon
Orchestra (5 pieces to play
for reception and luncheon
- to match the gowns
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, September 15, 1936
The newspaper clipping below tells much about the
most important event of the day at Wayside Inn. All ex-
pressed deep appreciation of the good time and excellent
luncheon enjoyed by the young people.
From the Boston Transcript
Saturday, Sept. 12, 1936
Miss Alice (
Daughter of Mr.
Who Will Be
Society at a
Inn in Sudbury.
Sept. 15, with.
Miss Chase Is
the Daughter of
Mr. and Mrs.
A coming-out party which will be
different, and which gives promise of
being long remembered by those who
attend, is the luncheon to be given
next Tuesday for Miss Edith Warren
Chase and Miss Alice Lyman, who
are to be presented together at the
Wayside Inn in Sudbury.
Countless varied and delightful
gatherings have been held in the
picturesque Wayside- Inn, both In its
early days immortalized by Longfel-
low's poem and since its restoration
and enlargement by Henry Ford, but
this will be the first time on record
that the hospitable hostel has been
the scene of a debutante party.
There is much interest at the inri'-irl
preparing for the novel event, and,
the charm of rural New England will
be expressed in all the arrangements.
Among the debutantes who are ex-
pected to attend the luncheon are
Miss Clementine and Miss Anna
Hobbs, Miss Eleanor and Miss Vir-
ginia Morss, Miss Elizabeth Alleg,
Miss Patricia Baker, Miss Constance
Barry, Miss Margetta Bigelow, Miss
Jean Cowin, Miss Cynthia Harrison,
Miss Clare Haskins, Miss Anne
Means, Miss J£net McNeil, Miss Ali-
son Kimpton, Miss Caroline Monks,
Miss Sally Mosser, Miss Priscilla
Peirce, .Miss Caroline Pierce, Miss
Eleanor Poole, Miss Jean Richmond,
Miss Janet Sabine, Miss Betsy Tower,
Miss Eleanor Van Kleeck and Miss
Miss Chase is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Frederick Chase of Hillside
street, Milton, and Miss Lyman's
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harrison
Franklin Lyman, of Lawson road,
Winchester. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick
A. Wellington of Boston and Rev.
and Mrs. Payson Williston Lyman of
Fall River were Miss Lyman's grand-
parents, and Alfred.E. Wellington- of
Boston is her uncle. Miss Chase's
grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. H.
C. Gallagher of Milton and Mr. and
Mrs. Frederick Chase of Hanover,
Miss Chase was graduated from
Milton Academy and Miss Lyman
from the May School in June. Their
mothers were classmates and friends
at Smith College and the debutantes
are entering Smith together this fall.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, September 16, 1936 Cloudy
The flowers give pleasure to so many people! They are
much admired now. Recently an old friend of the Wayside Inn
returned. She was Mrs. Ahearn who used to come here for
dinner every Sunday with Mr. A hearn. This time Mr. A hearn
was not here. After dinner Mrs. Xhearn said: "I could stop
and take roses or any kind of flowers from a green house to
put on Mr. Ahearns 1 grave, but more than anything else I want
to take him a boquet of flowers from the Wayside Inn. A nice,
large bunch was arranged, flowers from our garden. Mrs. Ahearn
came this week and said that the Wayside Inn blossoms had
lasted two weeks.
Thursday, September 17, 1936 Pleasant
Mr. and Mrs. George Ebling from Dearborn arrived to-day
and Mr. E.J. Cutler of Greenfield Village has been here for
the past two days. Therefore it is a jolly party we are enter-
taining. Mr. Ebling is taking some pic cures around the place
and Mr. Cutler is at work in Lancaster, Ma3s. at the Luther
Burbank birthplace. They usually join each other for dinner
at night, however, and then sit by the open fireplaces and tell
us much about Greenfield Village.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, September 18, 1936
One of the best groups of the Summer season has been that
brought by the Tauck Tours of New York. By best is meant best
managed and best kind of visiitors. Every Friday noontime with
remarkable regularity, from 40 - QQ people have arrived in motor
coaches of the Tauck Tours under the direction of Mr, Martin.
Every Friday has brought a different number and a different
group of people but their director is always the same, Mr. Martin.
3y this time the Wayside Inn family feels well acquainted with
Mr. Martin. As a matter of fact we are thinking strongly of
adopting this attractive young gentleman. He has alre-dy adopted
Miss DeMille and Miss Staples as his 365th cousins.
Tauck Tour Group
See next page
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, September 18, 1936 continued
Below is a picture of Mr. Martin and Miss DeMille on their
wa y to the Red Stone School where Miss DeMille tells the story
of the school house to the Tauck Tour group. When snapping the
picture Mr. Martin said: "Here we are - Mary and Nat on their way
to the Red Stone School l^
Saturday, September 19, 1936
Dinner guests last evening included many Harvard graduates
attending the Tercentenary celebration. Among them w*s Mr. Pay son
Smith, former Commissioner of Education for the State of Massa chusetts.
Dinner guests this evening included the Misses Fosdick, daughters
of Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick of New York.
W'YSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday September 20, 1936 Colder
There has been a fine house party of people from Dearborn here this
week-end. Mr. Cutler and Mr. and Mrs. Ebling have already been mentioned
and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Sullivan joined the group on Friday. The latter
are on their honeymoon trip. Last evening they sat, 'till late, around
the fireplace in the Bar-room while each told of his or her work at
Dearborn. They have all been very pleasant guests and we were sorry to
have Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan leave this morning. Mr. Cutler and Mr. and Mrs.
Ebling planned to spend the day, today, on Cape Cod.
Monday, September 21, 1936 Pleasant
There has been a marked change during the past ten years in the
reaction of our guests to the Inn; to the Inn itself and to the service
we give. Ten years ago a knowledge of historical houses and period
furnishings was harboured by comparatively few people. Today with the
opening and preservation of many historic houses throughout the United Sta tes
our guests have become more antique conscious; more historically minded.
A profound study has been made of the subject. Intelligent q uestions
are asked about life in the 18th century. Chippendale chairs and Betty
lamps are familiar objects.
A talk with Agnes, our head waitress, today revealed the fact
that times have changed in the dining room also. Many more people dine
away from their own homes today; they are eating "out" at various Inns,
hotels and tea rooms. Therefore they have become food conscious; they
are more discriminating and more particular about the food thst is
served than were our patrons of ten years ago.
It is well for us to recognize these changes; to be alert to see
them and yet we hope not to change the Inn. Its charm lies in its
authenticity as a typical Inn of the past and in keeping the same
simplicity in its food and service.
Tuesday, September 22, 1936 Cloudy
The flowers from our garden wh^ch have been most plentiful and whic h
have attracted the most attention this summer are the salipglosis and
zinnias. The salpiglosis have been in dark red and purple shades and
have looked like velvet. They lend themselves to graceful, arrangement.
Many of cur guests ask their name, where and how they grow. The
zinnias have been in especially nice shades of red and pink and they
have been very large. Mr. Daveaux, our gardner, deserves the credit
of growing these fine specimens. Recently he took several prizes for
flowers grown in our garden. This was in a show at Framingham, Mass.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday September 23, 1936
Jane Cowl, the noted actress, paid us a visit today.
It is a remarkable fact that Miss Cowl never fails to come
to the Inn when she is in Boston. It is usually in the
Fall of the year. Once she told us that she had a great
fondness for the Inn; that she used to come here in Mr.
Lemon's day and that she knew end liked Mr. Lemon; thought
he was a very interesting character. Miss Cowl is always
charming and gracious; as beautiful off the stage as on the
stage and her lovely voice is the same.
Tane Cowl, star of "First Lady," the George S. Kaufman-Katharine
Dayton comedy, which opens a fortnight's engagement at the Shubert
tomorrow night. Insets show Mr. Kaufman and Miss Dayton, whose col-
laboration achieved a seasons run at the Music Box Theater in New York
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, September 24, 1936 Pleasant
The special guest register is becoming filled with a
variety of autographs; unusual, cometimes queer unintelligible
signatures. Here is a short poem, by a well known poet.
On the next page we find some bars of music by a famous
musician. Tonight we have added the miniature figure of a horse
drawn by an artist. The artist is J. Louis Lundean who took
pen in hand and in less than two minutes had dra>..n the horse • •
"the animal I love" he said as he signed his name. Mr. Lundea n
has recently written and illustrated an article on Polo for
one of the popular magazines.
Friday, September 25, 1936 Much colder
So many of our guests are like "ships that pass in the
night" to quote from Longfellow. They come and go and we
will probably never know what a multitude of remarkably fine
courageous men and women have been within the walls of
this ancient Tavern. Sometimes when a guest lingers after the
dinner hour or if he stops overnight, then we discover a hidden
sorrow or a great joy or some tragedy in his life. It is apt
to be the person with smiling face who has had the greatest
sorrow, or vice versa, we find a great haipinesss in the life
of one who looks sad. Tonight we entertained tvro smiling
people, Mr. and Mrs. Berton from East Orange, N. J. who were
as keenly interested in everything about the Inn as a child
with a new toy. They asked questions; they made themselves
at home; they walked in the garden and when evening came
they modestly told us of their travels, all over the world; of
entertainment in Japan, and of life in England. Enthusiastic
and apparently full of the joy of living, they had found
pleasure in the simple, unpretentious things. Then it came,
like a shock to the hostess with whom they were talking,
"We lost our only child, our only son, a boy in 3rd year
college, only a short time ago" - said Mrs. Berton.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Saturday, September 26, 1936 Cold
The Reverend Mr. Peterson of Worcester brought a group
of his Sunday School children to visit the Inn this afternoon.
He told us that th s visit ws a special treat. It seems that
Mr. Peterson thought it a good idea for those children who
had to sty in the city during the summer months, to continue
their Sunday School work. Therefore he conducted his school
as usual through the summer. The children who came today were
those having a perfect attendance record. No ome in the group
had missed a Sunday. In reward Mr. Peterson promised the
pupils an outing at the Waysiie Inn. After being conducted
through the house, candy was provided for the youngsters and
the hostess made it a point to shke hands with everyone of the
sixteen Sunday School members.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, September 27, 1936 P-rtly cloudy
The debutante party of Sept. 15th is still fresh in our
minds and today there appeared Ln the Boston Herald large pictures
of the two young ladies - the Misses Lyman and Chase - t-ken just
before their reception in the large Ball room. The pictures are
very good, we think, and show well the charming gowns worn, just
alike except for color. The large boquets of Fa^.1 flowers are also
well pictured. These were sent to the y >ung ladies by a bachelor
uncle. It was a coincidence that Miss Lyman came to the Inn today
with her mother on their way to Morthampton where Miss Lyman is to
enter Smith College. Miss C hase is a lso entering Smith this Fall
and it is nice that these two Wayside Inn "debs" will be classmates,
Space forbids the picture on this page but it will be seen on the
Monday, Sept. 28, 1936 Pleasant
The Reverened Mr. Robinette came recently from Pawtucket,
Rhode Island. He is a good looking, smooth shaven gentleman
who has been coming to the Inn for years. He doesn't come regularly,
but occasionally and we remember him well because he has a fine
deep voice and is always courteous, kindly and gentlemanly. After
eet'ng luncheon, Mr. Robinette came into the Bar-room and straight-
forwardly expressed his sentiments about the waitresses in our dining
room. He said: "Where do you find these splendid young women?
They add so much to the enjoyment of a meal here. They are q uiet
and move slowly; never seem rushed or excited. They arefriendly and
gracious. It is more like service in your own home than in a public
P-iace. I think of the waitresses here as my friends."
(Photo hy Charlotte Crosby Studios)
Miss Edith Warren Chase wore this gown of deep blue, flecked with silver when she
was presented to society at a luncheon at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury at which sh«
shared honors with Miss Alice Lyman. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred-
erick Chase of Milton and is a graduate of Milton Academy.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, September 29, 1936 Partly cloudy
Miss DeMiile reports a company of distinguished visitors for
dinner here tonight. They came as guests of Mr. Yamanaka, the well-
known J-.panese importer of Boston. The party of six included
Mr. Mizogucki, Director of the Imperial Museum in Tokyo... Mr.
Nonaka, research worker at the Fogg Museum in Cambridge and Mr. Sasaki
of New York a Japanese Buddist Priest. The latter wore a small
brown apron. Mr. Yamanaka, the host, is probably the oldest Japanese
importer in America and has two beautiful stores, one in Boston and
the other n New York. The other guests were more of the Harvard
Tercentenary group, as there has been a special Japanese art exhibit
at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in commemoration of H^rvards*
300th year. These foreign guests enjoyed the Inn very much indeed.
One of them said, "Do you know why we chose to come here tonight?"
"To see the moon - and alas! there is no moonl"
Wednesday, September 30, 1936 Cold and cloudy
All the Inn family including the boys in the school have been
deeply grieved to hear of the loss of one of our members, Earle
Stoddard. We had known of the accident but news of his death came as
a shock. We are more than thankful to have had the recent visit
from Earle when his Wayside Inn class held their reunion this summer.
Earle v:.s a nice looking boy, tall and light complextion; the sensitive,
fragile type, q uiet and reserved in manner yet friendly 3nd gracious.
He must have made a fine guide in the Greenfield Village at Dearborn
where he was enployed. He talked enthusiastically about his work.
He seemed to know what he was doing, what he wanted to do. In other
words he had developed into a splendid young man of whom we were
justly proud. Miss DeP4ille, Mr. Rostrum from the school with two
boys, William Magner and Roger Fontaine attended last services for
Earle today at the Rice Funeral home in Rockland, Mass.
Thursday, October 1, 1936 Cloudy
The day, today, was spent in entertaining two large groups. The
larger one was composed of wives of members of the American Photo En-
gravers Association attending a conention in Boston. This group of
90 women came in four large busses. They were half an hour late in
leaving Boston for their trip through Lexington and Concord to the Inn.
Consequently they wete nearly an hour late in reaching here and lunch-
eon was served at q uarter of three. After luncheon small groups
gathered in the Bar-room and Parlor to hepr the story of the house.
The second group was composed of 15 ladies from Concord, Mass.
They enjoyed luncheon and in the afternoon made themselves at home in
enjoying the fireplaces and in walking to the school and mill. These
women were members of the Middlesex County Extension Service.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, October 2, 1936 Pleasant
It was with real regret that we said good-bye today to the
Tauck Tour group. This was their last visit of the season.
Today the thirty-three passengers were accompanied by one of the
managers of the Tauck Tour Company., • Mr. Keller. When leaving
Mr. Kelter, with check book in one hand and pen in the other, said
to a hostess: "I have been requested by Mr. Tauck to make a special
payment to the Inn for the very fine service which has been rendered to
our groups this summer. What can we do? Everybody here has been
so kind, every waitress ~n the dining room, every person connected
with the Inn with whom we have come in contact has waited upon us
patiently and cheerfully. Is there any thing we can do to show
our appreciation?" It wss explained that we did not desire any monetar y
payment; that their satisfaction and good will w ; s our best reward.
Saturday, October 3, 1936 Pleasant
All kinds of pranks were played on y ung girl initiates of a
sorority group which lunched here today. Starting at 9:30 o'clock
in the morning the girls began to arrive. They painted their faces in
grotesque ways, dressed in old togs and then went out in back of the
Inn. There they participated in crazy stunts, asked foolish q ueitions
and had a general good time. They laughed --nd made much fun. One
of the girls accosted another "What time is it?" she asked, "Half-
past" was the answer. And so on until lunch time when they came
inside and enjoyed luncheon on the porch, 24 in number. In the
afternoon a meeting was held in the Ball-room.
WAYSIDE INN DAIRY
Sunday, October 4, 1936 Pleasant
A mistake w-s made in the diary of last week which needs
to be corrected. It was stated that Jane Cowl visited the Inn
on last Wednesday. Miss Cowl did not come until today. This
afternoon a secretary called and informed us that the actress
would be here with a party of six for tea . Miss Cowl was as
lovely and charming as ever. We have been interested in a
newspaper report of what Miss Cowl said when asked how she could
go on day after day or rather performance after performance saying
the same lines over and over again. Miss Cowl replied that she
always bore in mind the fact that everyone in the audience had
paid money to see the show; that each person should get his
The same question might be asked of the hostesses ^t the
Inn who repeat again and again the story of the house. The
answer could be the same. Our guests have paid (25^) to see
the house. It is the duty of the hostess to explain the house
to everyone in a thorough and interesting manner.
Monday, October 5, 1936 Pleasant
An event of considerable importance to us, is the first
sight-seeing tour of the Inn made by the new boys from the
school. This morning 1\ of them came bright and early and
were shown through the house by Miss DeMille. This we feel is
a fine thing In getting the boys acquainted with their new home.
It gives us the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the
boys. We want them to have a genuine interest and appreciation
of the Inn; to feel at home and become fond of the Inn during
their four years here.
Tuesday, October 6, 1936. Cloudy
¥\ T ord came to-day of the death of Mr. Francis K. Sawyer
in Sterling, Massachusetts.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, October 6 - continued.
Nearly 200 Prairie Farmers came this afternoon as guests of
Mr. Ford. They were conducted through the rooms in small groups.
This enabled everybody to see and hear all the interesting details.
Most of the people were from western states and showed much interest
in our early New England.
450 Prairie Farmers
Plan Tour of Boston
About 450 dairymen from Chicago
and the Mid-West will arrive here
tomorrow for a sight-seeing trip
which will take them to all the spots
of historic interest before they start
This is the second annual visit to
New England sponsored by the
Prarie Farm Organization. Floyd
Keepers, managing editor of the
Prarie Farmer, is in charge. The
visitors will stay at Hotel West-
Wednesday, October 7, 1936
Mr. Otsuki, our young Japanese friend who comes freq uently,
has informed us that of all the places visited by members of the
Japanese Training Sq uadron while in this country, the Wayside
Inn was liked best of all. Mr. Otsuki gave us the itinerary
of t..e company which visited practically all the important cities
in the United States; Seattle, San Francisco, Washington Phila-
delphia, New York and Boston. They liked Boston best and especially
Wayside Inn, Mr. Otsuki said. Mr. Otsuki has asked permission
to bring us a receipe for wafers — to be mede in our hand wrought
w-fer iron which hangs in the Bar-room. Some evening in the winter
we expect to make wafers in the fireplace with Mr. Otsuki 1 s
help. Mr. Otsuki has al 50 promised us another treat. He asked:
"Do you like candy? I bring you some Japanese candy." So we are
anticipating an unusual gift.
MYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursay, October 8, 1936 Pleasant
Mr, Sennott and Miss DeMille attended the funeral today of
Mr. Sawyer. Miss DeMille spoke of a lovely basket of yellow
roses sent by Mr. and Mrs. Ford.
The first in the season of old kitchen dinners took place
this evening/ A roast of beef was sizzling on the spit-rod in
front of the fire at about 5:30 o f clock and Mrs. Morse, in colonial
dress sjid cap served dinner at 7 o'clock. This was for a party of
twelve. At every place the hostess put a tiny, hand blown glass
bottle, each one different in shape and filled w\th a different
colored beverage. Attached to the bottle was a place card. These
seemed especially fitting souveniers for the occasion. There were
also jokes of various kinds and candy and nuts. Mrs. Morse reported
that the roa3t of beef cut "like a piece of cheese" and that there
were second and third servings of the meat and vegetables.
Friday. October 9. 1956 Plessant
Included in the group of 25 members of the" Newcomen Society
who lunched here today was President Compton of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Also Dr. L. K. Sillcox, 1st vice-
president of the New York Airbrake Company; the chairman of Finance
of the Chrysler fiutomobile Corporation; the President of the
Worcester Institute of Technology and other man prominent In the
field of engineering. The luncheon was part of a New England
Pilgrimage program and after visiting the Inn and the mill the
men were soon on their way to Boston with an escort of State
Highway patrol. The following telegram was sent to Mr. Ford, a
fellow-member of the Newcomen Society.
Meeting today at Yfayside Inn so rich
in historic association. Twenty five
of your fellow members in Newcomen
Society of England under chairmanship
of President Compton extend to you our
greetings and our expression of
satisfaction that you are becoming
identified with this American group.
Signed Charles Penrose
for North America
In the Psrlor of the Wayside Inn
The magic of the poets' song
Has brought together round this hearth
The forms of men de arted long,
Vivid as when they trod the earth.
Poet, musician, Spanish Jew
Preacher and student speak in turn,
In tales his art inflames anew
As in the hearth the birch logs burn
But ebbs the fire and s nks the
Unless new fuel is supplied;
The glories of the poet's fame,
If men are c-.reless, soon subside
So hail the thoughtful landlord here
»>ho keeps the house an I fresh the fire
Provides the mellow atmosphere
That he I s good poets to aspire!
i*»e gather in this haunted glow
And drink again the poet's word
Acknowledging the debt we srwe
To our good landlord, Henry Ford
October 8, 1936
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Friday, October 9, 1936 continued
A lovely, tall, slender young bride escorted by her father
wlked to the fireplace end of the small ball room and w?.s there
united in marriage to Mr. Lawrence L. Howard. The setting was quaint
and simple with decorations of colorful autumn leaves. Guests in
dark velvet evening gowns witnessed the ceremony and later partook
of a wedding supper served n the small dining room. A large cake
was placed between tall, tapering candles and it was as simple
and perfect a wedding party as anyone could imagine. It happened
that this date is the wedding anniversary of the brides Parents,
Mr. and Mrs, H.fcold W. Schiorring and of her grandparents also.
Saturday, October 10, 1936 Pleasant
Monday, October 12, being Columbus Day the beginning of an
influx of holiday weekend visitors began today. We served many
luncheons at noon t ; me including a group of 40 from the Ten Acre
School at Wellesley. Towards evening overnight guests began to
arrive and soon every available guest room was pressed into service.
Mrs. Gaston Plantiff and "Mother" Catchings, as she is called by
Mrs. Plantiff arrived about 7 o'clock. Later Mrs. Plantiff and
her daughter Miss Mary Ellen Plantiff entertained a party of ten
for dinner. Altogether there were 21 overnight guests In the Inn
and in the Cottage. Two small boys who became very good friends
during the course of their stay here, slept on cots end we had
what could easily be called — a full house.
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Sunday, Oct. 11, 1936 Very pleasant
In the Prelude and Interludes to the Tales of a Wayside Inn,
Longfellow speaks often of the time of year, the Autumn. He begins:
"One Autumn night in Sudbury town
Across the meadows bare and brown
The windows of the wayside inn
Gleamed red with fire-light through the leaves
Of woodbine, hanging from the eaves
Their crimson curtains rent and thin"
Therefore this week is to be a Longfellow commenorative week in the
Wayside Inn diary. Xutumn is here again; crisp, cold days with the usual
brilliant coloring of the trees. Inside the fires burn on the hea rth.
The setting is here anew in this glorious A uturan.
Mrs. Gaston Plantiff and "Mother Catchings" left this morning by
motor for New York.
Monday, Oct. 12, 1936 Very pleasant
"Around the fireside at their ease
There sat a group of friends
Who from the far-off noisy town
Had to the wayside inn come down"
Many groups of friends came from the "far-off noisy town" today
to rest at Longfellow* s Wayside Inn. Stores, shops, manufacturing plants
and industries of all kinds kept this Columbus Day a holiday in
Massachusetts. They sat around the fire at their ease. They also enjoyed
a bright Autumn day in the surrounding country.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1936 Clouday
"They saw the Landlord at the door
The missing man, the portly Squire 1 .
He had not entered, but he stood
With both arms full of seasoned wood
To feed the much devouring fire"
Things were in a normal state today after the rush of the holiday.
Guests reported that every inn, hotel and eating place along the roadway
were filled to overflowing during the week-end. We like guests; lots of
them, but the Inn seemed more charming than ever to-day when all was q uiet.
As one sat in the Bar-room he could hear the clock tick and the fire crackle on
the hearth. The writer was day dreaming contentedly when a mans heavy step was
heard. It was the boy bringing in a large armful of wood. It clattered down
into the wood box and left a scattering of chips on the floor. The boy then
took the hearth brush and swept around the wood box and over the hearth;
typical winter sounds on this cold A utumn day.
U was decided to hold reunions
-annually due to the increased in-
•i ehow.n in th;m and the due.
which were originally $1, ;:nd then
dropped entirely he fifty cents
A chicken dinner was serv d at
noon in Itlie old dining room fol-
lowed by the afternoon program ol
entertainment arranged by Mrs
Dorothy B. Eklerkin, Stt&rlboru
Charles W. Brigham of Attlebor-
-:ded and announced the mira
hers which included a violin solo
by Paul Brigham of Xorthboro ami
cornet numbers by his brother
J:.mes; their mother, Mrs. Robert
as a cou-p-anist;
vocal selwtions by Kenneth C
Howe with Miss Fisher, accom-
]■<■ i.ist aDd sfcetches "How the
Prighams Proposed in 1836 an-1
1936." Mrs. Dorothy Elderkin ai:>
W. Aubrey Porter portrayed the
pioposal of a century ago with >
A-nrie Brighair. and Kenn
C. Howe enacting a \ modern pro-
The Brigham orchestra, fan-
several (Icades ago, was
by Harry E. Brigham who
tains the enthusiasm and
which made bin; a lading figure in
the world of music in the gay 90S-
"The Laughing Song", ahvay
favorite in the old days, was n
ae ho twirled the big ba
and brought him round after re
pplause. The orchestra pla
for general dancing at the
s:on of the program, win 1
brought to a close with the
ins of "Anld -Lang Syne."
T!he affair was considered
most successful ever held h\
the a in. a spirit of gen
and comradeship seeming a] ~
Ton ithering as the mem-
chat.tefl with old and new
Oct. 12, 1936
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What Happed Hen
.^rter Century Ag0
^ at English T P ickens - the
t ,, f ed himself a* tvi • He «x-
th * historic old ial P,eased ^ith |
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1936 Cloudy-
Mr. Hood, associated with educational projects in Greenfield Village
arrived this evening. He made a suggestion to us which we think is apropos
of the week. Mr. Hood suggests that there be placed in the Parlor of the
Inn, a violin. He remembered the part of the Prelude where Longfellow
speaks of the Musician and describes his instrument.
"The instrument on Mhich he played
Was in Cremona 1 s workshops made
By a great master of the past
Ere yet was lost the art divine;
Fashioned of maple and of pine
That in Tyrolean forests vast
Had rocked and wrestled with the blast:
Exquisite was it in design
Perfect in each minutest part
A marvel of the lutist' s art."
Thursday, Oct. 15, 1936 Cloudy
"And flashing on the window pane
Emblazoned with its light and shade
The jovial rhymes, that still remain
Writ near a century ago
By the great Major Molineaux"
We had supposed until recently that it was Mr. Lemon who removed from the
window the panes of glass mentioned above in the Prelude to the Tales.
Mr. Dadman, son of the Mr. Dadman who occupied the Inn for a short time before
mr. Lemon came, informed us recently that it was his father who removed the
panes, had them framed and placed them over the mantle where they many now be
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Friday, Oct. 16, 1936 Cloudy
"These are the tales, or new or old
In idle moments idly told;
Flowers of the field with petals thin
Lilies that neither toil or spin
And tufts of wayside weeds and gorse
Hung in the parlor of the inn
Beneath the sign of the Red Horse"
Mr. O.S. Goan of New York City spoke recently of Longfellow and
told a new story about him; at least it was new to us. He said that when
Mr. Longfellow, on some occasion in Cleveland, was introduced to Mr.
Longworth , the father of the late Nicholas Longworth, Speaker of the
House of Representatives in Washington, Mr. Longfellow said to Mr.
Longworth - - "Worth makes the man; the want of it, the fellow!"
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1936 Rain
It is hardly necessary to say more of the day, today, than did
Longfellow in the Prelude to Part Second. His lines exactly describe
"A cold, uninterrupted rain
That washed each southern window pane
And made a river of theroad
A sea of mist that overflowed
The house, the barns, the gilded vane
And drowned the upland and the plain".
Comparatively few guests ventured out in the storm and those who
came found the Inn as in the days of Longfellow:
"A place of slumber and of dreams
Remote among the wooded hills"
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Sunday, Oct. 18, 1936 Pleasant
Dr. Robert Whitehill of Boston gave us some interesting
information to-day. His grandfather, who was Jesse P^rmenter of
Sudbury, used to drive the Limited M il Coach hich ran between
Boston and Worcester. It came over the Post Road and by the
Way ide Inn. "Up to WorceBter one day and down to Boston the
next" said Dr. Whitehill. Ihe coach left from the Old State House in
Boston. It was drawn by 4 horses; 6 in bad weather and there was
a change of horses at each approx imate 10 miles. Ihe first change
was at Waltham, 2nd change at Wayside Inn and 3rd at Northboro. If
the coach was, by chance, a half hour late, there was a forfeit to
pay. "Limited" meant that it carried only so much mail and the
number of passengers was limited to six. Mr. P-rmenter was born in
1811 and died in 1903. Dr. Whitehill said that he w s glad to
give us this information; that his grandfather often spoke of the
coach and its stop at the Wayside Inn.
Monday, Oct. 19, 1936 Pleasant
We were very much pleased with the pdtures of the Wayside
Inn and its schools taken by Mr. Ebling. Several of them appeared
in the current issue of the Herald. We like especially the
exterior view of the Inn. It may be seen on the following page.
Not for a long time has a picture been made from this particular
This is an interesting view of the Wayside Inn at South Sudbury, Massachusetts.
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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1936 Pleasant
When our old friends Mr. end Mrs. Stillms n of
Westerly, R. I. arrived the other evening to stay overnight
with us, they announced th^t they h-^d just made a special trip
to Boston to see the Japanese Exhibit at the Museum. Since
this is the last week of this remrrkable display of Japanese
art, Miss Fisher and Miss Sta pies decided to make a special
effort to see it. Therefore we now have the exhibit catalogue reposing
on our table and can converse with our guests about it, enthusiastic ally,
Some of the men in charge of the exhibit, including the Director of
the Imperial Museum in Tokyo have visited the Inn during their sojourn
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1936 Warm
The mail has brought a copy of the prospectus of
Mr. Russell Eettell's book on Early A merican Rooms. A-nong
the twelve rooms which Mr. Kettell has chosen to describe and
illustrate in his book, is the Bar-room of the Wayside Inn.
This is re?lly flattering, we think, to have one of our rooms
included in such a fine book as Mr. Kettell is briag'.ng ot.t.
The purpose of the book is to help people to look at the artistic efforts
of the more mportant periods of American Hi tory in the broadest possible
way, in ot-.er words, to understand social ^nd economic conditions during
vrious periods which combine to produce certain characteristics in
furniture design. A book of this sort is undoubtedly needed. So we
have discovered wen attempting to ansr.er some of the questions asked
by our guests.
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Thursday, Oct. 22, 1936
It w-:S the grace of "follow the leader" that was played
here this morning as 525 school children followed Miss DeMille in
single file through the Inn. They crrived -it the front door at
9 o'clock. Miss DeMille led them through the P rlor, Washington
Bed-room and up the back stairway — then through the bedrooms on the
second floor and down the front stairway to the Bar-room , Washington
Dining room and Old Kitchen. This is an annuel event taking about
15 minutes of a day filled with sight seeing and pleasure for these
children of the Worcester schools.
GREETS WORCESTER CHILDREN
Governor Curley is shown on the State House steps, yesterday, surrounde.'j }
by children from "Garden City," in Worcester, who visited him at «£^r|f
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Friday, Oct. 23, 1936 Rain
More and more of ^ur guests speak of the authenticity
of the Inn; it soriginal condition and it s original location.
"How do you account for it s fine state of preservation?" asked an
architect. "I like it better than any other old house we've seen;
it has more real charm and atmosphere" ssld a young man, aged
a bout 14 years. "And thank goodness it has always stood right
here on this very s ot" remarked a bright little old lady. There-
fore we think more and more of the care and pains taken by various
owners of the Inn - to preserve its antiquity. The Eowe family
were proud and respectful owners, not given to changing or
rr.cderizing. Mr. Lemon j-oved "the stairways worn and crazy doors
and creaking and uneven floors". His aim was to revive and per-
petuate. Needles,: to say, Mr. Ford is keeping up old traditions.
Longfellow perhaps, helped more than anyone to immortalize the
dear old Inn when he said:
"As ancient as this hostelry
As any in the land may be
Built n the old Colonial day
When men lived in a grander way
With ampler hospitality"
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Saturday, Oct. 24, 1936
The plan of the d ning roo* ^^^^sTspecially
Proved again today to be a «™^™S ^SsJl have a
good for the large group this sf *™°°* '^ ty consisted of
Leting in the BaL i roo* o lowe * ^ ,^£ / a39a ?se tts
90 members o' tr.e Zonta jud " . „ ' ts clocked do*n the small
and Connecticut. Aft.. ■*"£•£; n fXg *^. Here they found a long
SSTSLSwS^- ■& Ml flowers. lea cups end plates
of sandwiches were in evidence.
Ends Zonta Conference
Three Day Program
Here Filled With Busi-
ness and Sociability
Business Session Satur-
day in Ballroom At
For the afternoon business session
Saturday, the ballroom of the historic
Wayside Inn was the setting, with o.
crackling fire In the great fireplace
welcoming the delegates. Following
the business session, tea was served
in the big dining room, followed by
conducted tours through the Inn.
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Sunday, October 25, 1936 Pleasant
Vie like the St. Mnrks School boys from Southboro, Mass.
They come to the Inn every now and then to have a meal. Yesterday
St. Marks played the Middlesex School in Football. After the game
a very nice "mother", a Mrs. Burton from New York, entertained
five or six boys at dinner, including her son who is captain of the
St. M-:rks team. Mrs. Burton stayed here overnight and again this
morning she entertained some of the boys at breakfast. "Give them
the biggest and best break fast you have" she said. Our best break-
fast includes muffins, ham and eggs and griddle cakes. These husky
young men were able to consume it all.
Monday, October 26, 1936 Partly c.oudy
Ihis was re r liy a tremendous day for every department in the
house. At 4 o'clock this afternoon a luncheon was served for 45 school
teachers. Guest3 began to arrive around 6 o'clock. for the dinner of the
Middlesex County Extension Service, headed by our neighbor Mr. Nathaniel
Bowdich. One hundred and fifty persons in this organization were served
a turkey dinner. At 6:30 o'clock an old Kitchen dinner w^s arranged for
8 persons. This means that special service was needed in preparation
of the dinner cooked around the fireplace and in serving it in the Old
Kitchen. The fourth party, consisting of men only, was the initial meeting
this season of the Waysiders group j Professor Schell of the Mass. Institute
of Technology in charge. Consequently the house was buzzing with lively
conversation; singing (by the largest group) and after-dinner speeches.
There was not a "hitch" as we say, in making this a successful evening.
Every group, every person was well cared for and many expressed their
Tuesday, October 27, 1936 Pleasant
The other evening Miss DeMille esco. ted a group of people through
the h use and later enjoyed a friendly chat with them. They stayed overnight,
Miss DeMille spoke many times of her delightful evenin. with them. This
was about a week ago. Today a large pasteboard box arrived at the Sudbury
Station, addressed to Miss DeMille and marked "flowers". It came all the
way from Albany, N. Y. Much to Miss DeMille' s surprise it was a gift from
the above overnight guests, Mr. and Mrs. Rockwood and Mr. and Mrs. Riggs.
Ihe box contained 18 of the largest, loviest chrysanthemums imaginable, all
different colors; the kind you see pinned on young ladies who attend foot-
ball games. The whole Wayside family are now enjoying them in the Parlor
and Old Dining room window.
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Wednesday, October 28, 1936 Pleasant
It is not infrequently that our guests speak of the country store.
They have heard about it and ask where to f nd it. When we suggest that
a sight-seeing tour be made of things outside, the answer eften comes back-
"Oh, yes, of course we are going down to see the old store". Today a guest
remarked to another "Whatever you do, don't miss the old country store."
Then comes the disappointment, the fact that the store is closed. "I've
brought these friends out especially to see the store" a guest told us the
other day. Frank Mix, cousin of Toni. Mix, who used to travel in the "show
business" with Will Rogers and whose home is in Oklahoma sto ped here recently
with friends. He said"I miss the store. I used to stop there every year
just to get some ginger snaps and to see the old rakes, baskets, hoes,
horsewhips and things".
Thursday, October 29, 1936 Very pleasant
It nay seem rather unimportant at the present time to record the
following fadt. In a future t_me, however, this information may take on
considerable importance. A Mrs. Beckett reported today that her husbands
grandmother whose name wa Beckett also, was the next door neighbor to the
Longfellow family in Portland, Maine. When Eenry Wadsworth Longfellow was
born, Mrs. Beckett was called in to help c°re for him and to wash him.
In the old days one can imagine that it was considered a privilege and honor to was!
the new-born babe. It was more of a ceremony then, not .-rne by trained nurses
in the so-called scientific way.
Friday, October 30, 1936 Very pleasant
Alice in Wonderland, Robinson Crusoe, Pop-Eye, Gypsies, Spanish
Senoritas all danced gaily on the floor of the new Ball-room this evening.
It was the annual Halloween Dance, given by members of the 1937 class of
the Boys School. The setting was typically Halloween-ish with skeletons,
jack o' lanterns, corn stalks and black and orange colors in the background.
A "spot" waltz and a Balloon dance added to the gaiety of the occasion. Miss
Fisher and Miss DeMille were back on the orchestra stand playing piano and
Saturday, October 31,1936 Pleasant
All the Wayside Inn family is rejoicing with Mr. and Mrs. Sennott
on the birth of a son, Ralph J. Sennott Jr. early yesterday morning.
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Sunday, November 1, 1936 Cloudy
A guest today discovered that we were entertaining
the son of the President of the United States. She
pointed him out to the hostess. "Isn't that young man
the President's son?" The hostess agreed that a tell,
good looking chap resembled pictures that she had seen
of Franklin Roosevelt Jr. Later the young men was seen
sitting alone in front of the fireplace in the old Kitchen
gazing into the fire in meditative mood. He was asked;
"Are you Mr. Roosevelt?" Cordial anc friendly he replied
in the affirmative and introduced himself as Franklin D.
Roosevelt Jr. Accompanying him were some friends - among
whom was Miss Ethel Dupont - reported as engaged to marry
the young Mr. Roosevelt.
Monday, Nov. 2, 1936 Cloudy and rain
With the football season in full swing, our guests
include more and more young people on their way to end from
the games. . Bundled in smart fur coats and bright scarfs,
they come in gaily and hover near the fireplaces. Some of
them want to talk aoout the game; they discuss their work
at school, the courses they are taking; their nrofessors
and their social life, college dances and fraternities. Others
are seriously and earnestly interested in the Wayside Inn.
They ask about the household utensils and want to know why
it is called "Longfellow's '.'ayside Inn". Recently a young
man and young lady, without doubt, students in a nearby college,
evinced Pleasure as the hostess started to tell the story cf
the house. The hostess had not gone far when the young man
spoke out soontaneously : "Gee, I think Mr. Ford is a swell
guy to collect all these thingsi"
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Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1936 Pleasant
"lien the Inn becomes a haven of rest and shelter
for the weary traveller, it has fulfilled its purpose
in the best sense. Such a service was rendered this evening.
A tiny, little lady walked in, all alone, quietly and un-
obtrusively. 3he asked to have dinner, "hen she had
finished her dinner, she sat down near the fireplace in
the Bar-room. Gazing into the fire she told the following
story. "I'm on my way to Maine. I drove all the way from
New Jersey to-day and wanted especially to stoo here for
dinner. As I was eating dinner I hoped that my husband
knew that 1 was here. He has gone now. We used to come
here together so often. Thats why I have <come tonight.
Its hard travelling alone now, but I'll find my way."
It waa with a mingled feeling of sadness and gladness that
that we bid Mrs. Archibald farewell when she stepped out
into the dark night; gladness because the Inn had given
shelter and comfort to this lonely soul.
'Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1936 Cloudy
As the number of visitors decreases, which is
bound to be the case at this time of year, the hostesses
have tire for other duties hich have been laid aside
during the summer season. Miss Fisher's clasps in sewing
and handcraft have started in the Wayside Schools. On .a
quiet evening you will, find Miss Fisher uefore the onen
fire busily engaged in weaving or with some kind of bead
work. Joseph MacDonald our young host who graduated from
the Boys School last June, is pursuing the study of early
American furniture. With the help of Wallace Nutting's
books he is determining the different ty^es of feet,
turnings, arras and legs on our furniture. Miss DeMille
is busy with desk work, preparing to leave everything in
ship shape order when she starts on her two months vacation,
YSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1936 Pleasant
There had been an advance notice that 20 pupils from
the State Teachers College at Fitchburg, Mass. were coming
to see the Inn today. They had no sooner ©one and gone
when we were surprised with 13 students from the State
Teachers College at ""estfield, Mass. A half hour later,
15 more pupils from "estfield came. All were keenly interested
in the house, but they were tired and weary from a cay of
sight -seeing in and around Boston.
Friday, Nov. 6, 1936 Cold and Pleasant
The hostesses have been thinking and pondering : on
plans for Thanksgiving, "e have already received about 80
advance reservations for dinner on that day. A number of
the reservations read: "3 adults; 4 children". Therefore
it is, as usual, to be a day of family parties end we want
to make the dinner and the day here as home-like as possible
for our guests. Some little handmade favor at each place has
been the custom in former years. This year we would like
again to have the favors home made and hand mace - that is,
made by our family here. Also we want something which will
be suggestive of the country and of ye olden time Thenks-
£-iving - rather than a citified, modern, favor . Several
suggestions have been made and at the time of writing, a
corn husk doll, a pine cone turkey and a bright colored gourd
wrapped and tied in cellophane are vieing for first place.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1936 Pleasant
This evening we entertained aother old kitchen dinner
party with our friend Mr. Norton of the Boston Transcrint
office as host. Included in the group of six, was
Mr. R. C. Getsinger from Detroit, formerly connected with
the Lincoln Motor Co.
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Sunday, November 8, 1336 Cloudy
"Here you have not strained for realism" said Mr. E. C.
Getsinger. Mr. Getsinger has already been mentioned as having dined
here last even" ng, "Ha ve not strained for re^lis i 1 ' is a phr«se wh^ch is
strikingly true of the Inn. In comparison with other histcrica 1 houses
the Inn is genuine. Other places have had restoration to the extent
that there is a newness in their appearance. They lack a feeling of
/warmth, of sturdiness n character, found only in original beams, walls,
fireplaces :.nd furniture such as the Wayside Inn supports. It is real —
the real, veritable atmosphere of previous centuries is here. There has
been no strain for realism.
Monday, November 3, 1936 udy
Ibis evening we had still another old kitchen dinner. This
time for a group of eleven people associated with the Christian Science
Publish ng h use in Boston. Included in the party was . St~nger
who, after dinner, entertained her friends by giving several readings
in trie small b^ll room. Ibe first wa 3 from Booth larkington* s "Seventeen"
then a clever sketch about a dog. Both brought forth much laughter and
applause and made a jol-iy even ng for the guests.
Tuesday, November 1C, 1936 Pleasant
Not j-ong ago a gent_er r .n came to the Inn and told t ,e hostess about
a book written by F. Hopkinson Smith. It is called "The Arm Ch^ir ^t the
Inn" and the author has made the setting the old Inn of William the
Conqueror at Dives, Fr.nce. A group of men gather there r nd sitting ne^r
the great fireplace they teil stories of their travels, their experiences
in life, their friends and they en^oge in serious ^ scussians. The idea is
s milar to that of Longf ellow 1 s group at the Wayside Inn and the travellers
pictured by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales. After several weeks, we have
received a letter from our visitor whose name is Lir. 0. G. Go~n in which
he says: "I spoke of the similarity In plan of the Longfellow poem and
soi:.e rose sketches by F. Hopkinson Smith, the scene of which was laid
in the old Inn of William the Conqueror. I decided then to send you a copy
of the book if I could obtain it - - it be ! ng cut of prirt. Having f ai. ed
thus f?r to obtain the copy desired, I am sending y.u ray own - which pie- e
accept as an evidence :f my aopreci c tion of what you gave us that day."
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Inesday, Nov. 11, 1936
Armistice Lay is a legal holid . M ssachusetts. Consequently
we had one of the biggest days of the year, serving nearly 500 people
in tiae dining room and many others came to see the house only. In all
rts .f the house the ; uests v.ere t~ken care of e isily end efficiently
and several expressed appreciation of a fine dinner.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 1936
The following clipping has been received from the Worcester
Magazine - a commcial magazine printe d in Worcester, Mas . Mr. Adams
the autheor of the poer wrote it last summer, after a visit to the
Inn "with my folks" he said. Mr, Adams is a y ung man n the -enicr class
of the North High School and is on the editorial staff of the North High
Record, He lives at 15 Englewood Ave. ___^______— ^—.
THE SPIRITS OF THE GREAI
A poem of the Bey side Inn by
Jack Adams, North High Senior
Reprinted f rom Norti,
en the spirits of the
great, haunt a place,
They impart to it, a solemn
They lend a charm,
Like fine old lace,
The spirit ; of the great, enrich
At the V.ayside Inn, of storied
Every timber speaks a hallowed hame,
'Tis like a game! .
To find where best, to sense
e >ch name.
In each beam-topt room, at this
Some hero's spirit, walks again,
That long have been,
As dear to our hearts, as this
Each canopied bedstead, richly
And casting shadows, in the
Recalls to us,
Some noble knight,
Of the pine-tree crest, in free
dom 1 s fight.
Thro' the old parlor, quaint, in
the firelight's glow,
The flickering shadows, come
Pa t the high old clock,
By the spinet low,
They parade like ghosts, sedate
T Tis the spirit of Longfellow,
Pervades this room,
From the mantel, high, to the
We feel it here,
In cheer and gloom
For his dear soul dwells in this
And as the spirits of the great
haunt this place,
They impart to it a solemn
They lend a charm
Like fine old lace,
For the spiritsof the great
enrich the place.
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Friday, November 13, 1936 Pleasant
"Sounds as if we had a chicken In our midst" remarked Miss DeMille
is she clipped away on turkey feathers. The turkey feathers are made
of o^rk brown and white paper cut in small sferips(with some squeaky
scissors). The turkey itself is a small pine cone. Together with the
use of pipe cle^sners and red tissue paper these turkeys will comprise
our favors for Thanksgiving. Boys fro^ the school have been searching
for pine cones and hostesses ana waitresses have been busily engaged in
putting the turkeys together. Over two hundred have already been made.
Underneath the turkeys will be found a nut cup filled with nuts and candies.
Saturday, November 14, 1936 Pleasant
Guests continue to buy their flour at the Mill. A lady caine from
the Groton School the other lay ^ni asked for a lar^e order. A nother
young woman appeared today and said: "Where can I buy the graham flour
now? I used to get it st the Store. It so good!" When the hostess was
telling about the mill in her story recently ana that the flour ground in
the mill is not bleached, a little old lady spoke up and said: "I've seen
this sign on an old mill in Connecticut:
God nevor made a white gr^in of v»Leat
But man in his ignorance bleached it white.
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Sunday, Nov, 15, 1936 Pleasant
The question has been asked: "How many and what particular
adjectives are used most frequently by our guests as they are shown
through the house ?" Those used most freq uently, we should judge,
number about five.
This, ofcourse, is not an official statistical record. It
would be well, we think, to observe this more closely and someday to
fin^ the most popular adjective and the average number of times used,
Monday, Nov. 16, 1936 Pleasant
Miss L^ndall, who taught in our Redstone School last yea r,
brought her new class of pupils to visit the Viayside Inn today.
They journeyed all the way from Beverly, Mass. Miss Landall's class
this year consists of about 20 pupils in Grade 4. The children were all
quiet and attentive and fond of their tea cher. Miss Landall is a fine
y /ung lady and has very good disipline with her pupils.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1936 Cold
La st evening we had a nice dinner party given in honor of the
new president of the State Tea chers College at Framingham, Mass.
Fifty-seven teachers paid their respects to Mr. end Mrs. O'Connor.
Tables were placed around the fireplace in the large lining roon.
In-between dinner courses songs were sung and speeches made, after which
the guests were conducted through the Inn. Today we receive:! a note
of appreciation from Miss French, written for the State Tea chers College
Faculty. In it Miss French says: "Will you extend our sincere thanks
and appreciation to all who helped m:ke our dinner party at the Kay side
Inn such a happy occasion?"
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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1936 Cloudy
President and Mrs. C onant of Harvard University were here for
This afternoon we were kept busy by showing the house to the
Banks School, Waltham - 80 pupils
Lawrence School, Waltham - 22 pupils
Elliott Hospital, Manchester, N.II. - 13 nurses
Thursday, Nov. 19, 1936 Cold
A new dancing teacher has been engaged for the weekly dancing
classes of the schools. She is Miss Dugenie Oehme (pronounced Aime)
of Yilorcester. Miss Oehme has had man; ye-. ; rs experience as a tea cher of
dancing and knows the old fashioned deuces very well. For a number of
years Miss Oehme taught languages in a Worcester High School ~ni therefore
understands and likes young people. Her voice is soft and her movements
are graceful and dignified. She is a lady - we might say - of the old
school and judging from her first lesson this evening, the classes will be
taught correctly and thoroughly.
Friday, Nov. 20, 1936 Pleasant
Spare moments this week hfve been spent in working on the Thanks-
giving favors which we have already described as being small turkeys
perched on "pumpkins". The pumpkins ?re made of crepe paper and cover a
nut cup to be filled with candies and nuts. The turkeys were made q uickly
and easily (550 of them) but the "pumpkins" have been more difficult
and take considerable time to cut and sew. Today 7/e have started to fasten
the turkeys on to the pumpkins.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 1936 Pleasant
The day was filled with the following sctivities. Lundheon for
12 y:ung ladies who rode from Wellesley College on horseback.
Old Kitchen dinner for 9 y^ung ladies. Luncheon and dinner guests
numbering 132 were served in the din .ng room. 7 overnight guests.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1956
Under the title "Rubbernecking" there appeared in the Boston Herald
today, some pictures of sightseers in historic Boston. A mong the
pictures we founa s familiar face. He is George Pierson, guiie on the
Grey Line Bus which makes a daily step at the Wayside Inn during the
Tourist season. A s has been recorded in the Diary many times before,
every afternoon in the summer time at 3 o'clock promptly, the Grey Line
Bus stops and leaves from 20 - 40 passengers at our front door. C
olong Ln the rear of the group, to make sure that his charges are
well taken care of, is our friend, Mr. Pierson.
A TRIUMVIRATE of "barkers." These are the men who make the
trips entertaining and instructive.
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Monday, Nov. 23, 1936
During the month of November, guests have come from several foreign
countried. From the register v/e find the following countries represented,
A ustri- 1
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1936
Two Old Kitchen Dinners claimed Dur attention today. The first was
served at 1 o'clock noon, to 16 peope in Mrs. Fairbains group. This v.
a particularly nice group to have here. Mrs. Fairbain is a well known
antiquarian in Vvellesley and gives lectures on the subject of old furniture
old customs and costumes household arts etc. Miss DeMille heard her
lecture recently on "A. day spent with my great, great grandmother". In this
talk, Mrs. Fairbain demonstrated the making of candles. Therefore it was
especially appropriate for Mrs. Fairbain and one of her classes to have a
dinner in our Kitchen. Mrs. Fairbain explained the use of soma of our old
cooking utensils. The second Ola Kitchen group was composed of an elderly
couple, celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were happily
surrounded by all of their children, two sons, their wives and a daughter.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1936
Mr. A . Y. Payne, A ssistant Sales Manager of the Daugenheim Plant
of the Ford Motor Co., wan a visitor today from London, England. He
enjoyed very much a tour of the Inn, the schools and the Mill conducted
by 2t. Sennott.
preparations are in full swing for the Holiday tomorrow. Every-
body is making eve-y effort to have plenty of turkey and all the
'fixens on hand and to give our guests a happy Thanksgiving.
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Thursday, Nov. 26, 1936
Pie i sant
Snow covered ground outside gave a real Ihanksgiving tinge to the
atmosphere while bright cheery fires crackled on the he* rths within.
Fruit was piled high on pewter platters and country decorations of corn stalks
and pumpkins gave an aspect of plentituae r ni bountifulness throughout
the house. In the dining room our guests found deep red and yellow
chrysanthemums on the tables and a bright turkey nut cup at each place.
The Thanksgiving dinner, which was served to nearly five hundred people
(477) w-fis as much like the kind "we used to have at home" as any ainner
could be. One of our guests remarked "Next to hone this is best". A nother
lady said: "For the first ti n.e in 30 yesrs it became necessary for us to
eat our Thanksgiving dinner away from home. Vie could not have been more
pleased." Thus we heard on all sides exp ressions of pleasure and
gratefulness for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Wayside Inn.
Friday, Nov. 27, 1936
Our school house c^me into print again today when Boston newspapers
carried the following item.
MARY'S LITTLE LAMB
LEAPS BACK IN NEWS
N. H. W. P, A. Writers'
Discount Sawyer Claims
U«jf»n £'i 'i «- %/r* V), «U
Mary's little lamb, its fleece still
"as white as snow," jumped back
into the news yesterday.
They're getting ready in Man-
chester, N H, to assert that the little,
school-going lamb originated in the
mind of Mrs Sarah Jo?epha Halo of
Newport, N H. AW. P. A. writers'
project is prepared to say that Mrs
Hale and not Mrs Mary Sawyer of
Somerville created the nursery
rhyme about the lamb.
These investigators are willing to
go as far as identifying the very
schoolhouse where Mary went to
school followed by the lamb. Mrs
Hale wrote the nursery jififele from
her own experiences, the W. P. A.
writers will say when their issue of
the "New Hampshire Guide" comes
off the preses. They say that the
rhyme was published in 1830, nearly
50 years before Mrs Sawyer made
the claim that she was the author.
In 1878, Mrs Sawyer declared
that she was the original "Mary-
had-a-little-lamb." She said that
John Roulstone of Sterling, 12 years
old, penned the first dozen lines of
Saturday, Nov. 28, 1936
Cloudy and snow
A sanll group of Girl Scouts ( 7 in number) c ame to the Inn today prepared
to cook their lunch and e r t it out-of-doors. The weather proved to be too
cold for a picnic of this kind. Therefore it was suggested that the p^rty
be held in the small Ball-room. A fire was started there and sitting on a
rug, camp style, before the open fire, the girls to?, sted marshmallows
and enjoyed a heary lunch,
and indoor oicnic.
All declare i this to be a splendid way to have
THANKSGIVING DINNER iAtNU
ICtfwjfrUuto^ iUagdtit 3*tt*
AS ANCIENT IS THIS HOSTELRY
As ANY IN THE LAND MAY BE .
BOLT IN THE OLD COLONIAL DAY.
WHEN MEN LIVED LN A GRANDEE WAY,
WITH AMPLER HCSPnALTIY-"
SOUTH SUDBURY. MASS.
Tomato Juice Cockt- il
Roast Native Turkey with Dressing
hed Potatoes Buttered Onions
Corn Bread Rolls
Mince Pie - Cheese Pumpkin Pie - Cheese
Vanilla Ice Cream and Cake
Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream
Plum Pudding with Hard S^uce
Children - gl.25
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Sunday, Nov. 29, 1936 Pleasant
Miss DeMille was given many expressions of "good luck" and
"safe journey" today as she bid farewell to the Wayside Inn for two
months. Next Tuesday she starts for the Pacific coast an- will spend
most of the time in California with an aunt and uncle. On her way
home she expects to stop at the Grand Canyon and Yosenute National
Park. We will miss her here very much.
Monday, Nov. 30, 1936 Pleasant
A little elderly lady told us recently that our poet Longfellow
was very kind to her. She said that when she and her husband were
newly married they wanted to visit Craigie House in Cambridge. As they
approached the door, the great poet himself invited them to come in.
He showed them the house ana then suggested that they sit with him on the
veranda. Mrs. Miller said: "He seemed to want us to stay and he talked with
us for a long time. He told us that as he looked across to the Charles
River at Twilight ti e, he often thought that the river, as it wound
in and out, looked exactly like a silver S.°
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1936 Very cold
Thirteen members of Professor Schells group dined here this evening.
During an informal meeting, a history of the group was presented. In
1924 the first meeting ws held at the Inn with 6 men as charter members.
Since then Prof. Schells group has come regularly every year, with the
exception of the year 1932-1933. Meetings are held once a month.. •
October-May inclusive. Two or three men have been added to the membership
list each year, so that now there are 21 names. Among the guest speakers
during the twelve years have been several prominent men including Sir
Wilfred Grenfell, Homer Eaton Keyes and Henry S. Dennison. Erwin H. Schell
Director of the group is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1936 Cloudy and snow
Local papers continue to publish items about the Marys L°mb
School. Here is one from todays Boston Traveller.
^VA\ s >\^'\
Thursday, Dec. 3, 1936 Cloudy
Our mail this week has brought, in one envelope, six letters
from pupils in Miss Landall's class who visited tne Inn about ? weeks
ago. The letters are written in ink and in excellent handwriting,
altho 1 one young _ady said: "This is not my best handwriting". Comments
on the house and it s furnishings were made by these 4th graders.
"The most interesting thing was the Table" (Hutch table)
"I Liked one t. ing, that was the wall paper"
"The Wayside Inn is a very beautiful place.
I will nevar forget it".
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Friday, Dec 4, 1956 Pleasant
A new - old pianc has been placed in the large dining room.
This is new to us, but it is said to be one of the earliest
Chickering pianos, being No. 154. It is a square piano in a fine old
case and has a very nice tone. Yte are much pleased with it.
Saturday, Dec 5, 1936 Pleasant
Tonight we entertained a Y/edding Dinner party in the small
dining room. Nine people including parents of the Bride and Groom and
friends psrtook of 2 roast Chicken dinner. The table was prettily
decorated with pink and vihlie chrysanthemums.
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Sunday, Dec. 6, 1936 Cloudy
About twenty young ladies from Wellesley College came to see the
house this after noon as our guests. They were accompanied by two
Wellesley Alumnae. These older women graduates provide aars and take
any of the new Wellesley College students on sight seeing trips around
Boston. This idea is sponsored by the Wellesley College Club of Boston,
It equaints members of the freshman class and transfer students who are
spending their first year at Wellesley, with historical places in this
vicinity. The girls seemed to enjoy their tour around the house with
Miss Fisher and bought sever~l books and post c^rds for their "folks
Mondpy, Dec 7, 1936 Cloudy
Dinner was served in the old kitchen this evening to Mr % Mrs.
H. S. Bowker of Worcester in celebration of Mr. Bowker' s Birthday.
Mother, Father, Grandfather and four s^ns sat at the long table,
lighted by candles ^nd the glow from an open fire on the hearth. After
dinner, in the course of a conversation Mr. Bowker said: "I like to
comte to the Inn and sit on the settle by the fire — and dream." This
made an attractive picture in our imaginations and when Mrs. Bowker
suggested that she put the picture on paper, we thought it a splendid
idea. The sketch on the next page is the result.
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Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1936
This morning we 7<ere amazed; we held our breath in astonishment
a- tie front door of the Inn opened pnd there appeared before us a
real George Washington. A large man, dressed exactly like George Washington
and looking very stately and dignified, strode over to the Bar and in-
troduced himself as General George Washington I Ke showed us his watch
(of the Washington period), pulled out his sword and registered as
G Washington (imperson-^ed by Lawrence Hart). We have seen Mr. Hart
before, and at the Wayside Inn. He was here about 4 years ago, riding on a
white horse. The pres -nt day Washington (Lawrence Hort) appears to be so
much like the Father of our Country that we were indeed startled this
morning when he entered this pre-Revolution-sry house.
GEORGE WASHINGTON HART
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Wednesday, Dec 9, 1936 CI .Tidy and cold
Even though our visitors are comparatively few at this time of
year, we have quite a large number of what we might call, absentee visitors.
Almost every day the postman brings letters from people who want to know
about the Wayside Inn. They ask for historical information, pictures or
anything which will help in giving a lecture or in writing a theme about
the Inn. We are glad of this friendly interest. It makes us realize that
the Inn is widely known and on these cold winter days it gives us a feeling
of assurance that we are not isolated from the rest of the worldl
Thursday, Dec. 10, 1936 Rain
We are really not surprised that the Inn itself is widely known, both
in a historical and in a literary way, but we were somewhat surprised
today when a letter came from England revealing the fact that interest
in the Mary Lamb School had spread to that f c r-off country, The letter
asked that 12 copies of the "Story of Marys Little Lamb" be sent to England.
Friday, Dec. 11, 1936 Rain
Every year at this time we are busy making Christmas stocking bags •
These are made in green and red colors; the green being sewed together with
red yarn and the red ones are bordered with green ya rn. The button-hole
stitch is used around theedge and there is a draw string in the top. The
stockings will be filled with candy and pop corn and will be hung on the
tree at the Christmas party.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 1936 Cloudy
A pretty party was held this evening when 60 young people gathered
here for a Christmas dinner. Thirty ycung ladies from Miss Wheelocks
School in Boston with thirty y~ung escorts were served near the fireplace
in the large Dining Room. The girls looked very sweet in long formal
evening gowns while the boys were trir in black tuxedos. Every girl wore
a corsarge; some were of roses and others of gardenias. It was only a
glimpse that we had of the^e young people for they were soon on their way
to a dance in Boston.
Many of our guests this week have compared the signature
below, of Edward, with that on the Coolidge Sap Bucket in
the Bar-room of the Inn.
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INSTRUMENT OF ABDICATION
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When Edward R. I. signed this simple paper he wrote an end to the chapter of his life entitled
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Sunday, Dec. 13, 1936 Pleasant
A freq uent Sunday visitor is Miss Mills. She dresses In black
2nd is sometimes alone; sometimes accompanied b\ a friend, but always
seems to be lonely. Today she spoke of Christmas and asked if we .ere to
serve dinner on Christmas day. When answered in the affirmative, she said;
"I love this place more dearly than any place in the world, and I would like
to come here for Christmas dinner, but I do not want to eat my Christmas
dinner alone. My family are far away." Just then we noticed tears and a
voice that trembled. Thw hosoess suggested that Miss Mills join the
Wayside Inn family that everything possible would be done here to make
the day a pleasant and cheerful Christmas for our guests.
Monday, Dec. 14, 1936 Fair
A cert? in English teacher in the Shewsbury High School has asked his
pupils to write a composition on Colonial Houses. Some of the students
have chosen to write about the Wayside Inn. Consequently we have been
visited by four boys (in groups of two each) eager to ottain information
about the Inn. After a personally conducted tour they have asked for books
to be used 'n reference work. Such a list has been made - of books obtainable
in almost any library. Also a summary of the history of the Inn has been typed and
copies are available to students such es the Shewsbury boys, who are particularly
concerned with dates and accurate historical data .
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1936 Pleasant
Hoop skirts, lace nits and polk bonnets were what the best dressed
ladies were wearing at the Wayside Inn today. Exactly two hundred members
of the Worcester Outdoor Sports Club enjoyed luncheon here. The meeting
o:ened impressively. As each lady Vowed her head, a soloist at the far end
of the dinir.g room sang, "A Perfect Prayer" with words by James Whitcomb Riley.
Practically all who came were in old fashioned dress. "This belonged to my
grandmother" said one sweet little lady as she peered fro^- under a oolk bonnet
trimmed with lilacs. Her grandmother must have had excellent taste for hers
was a lovely, deep-toned print dress in paisley pattern. Across the hall we heard
gales of laughter and looked to see a black bicycle suit of the gay nineties,
topped off by a stiff, manish straw hat with black cord attached to keep it from
flying into the breeze (created by the f^st speed of a bicycle). Around the neck
of this bewitching y~ung lady was a gold chain and a little gold friendship
heart, so popular with stylish girls of that period. S pace forbids a des-
cri tion of all the attractive dresses. There were costumes made of simple
cotton print, others of brocaded satin and some with stiff, full taffeta skirts.
Prizes were given for the sweetest dress, the most unique and the most grotesque.
The sweetest dress was accla'med by the judges to be worn by Mrs. A. Bradford Reed.
Ibis was a white gown with full skirt of silk net covered with polka dots. Here
and there was a dainty blue velvet bow. Mrs. Reed explained that this was her
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Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1936 - continued
mothers Graduation dress. There was a hat to match which once upon a time
belonged to a great, great aunt.
The prize for the most unique dress went to Mrs. Alan Wassell who wes
very mournful in "Widows Weeds", an entirely black ensemble with large picture
hat and short flowing veil. This ensemble was found among the belongings of en
old lady who lived in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The most grotesque costume
was that of the bicycle lady, Mrs. Warren Ball. She"peddled" across the Ball-
room floor to accept her ^owo-rri a^id sore shrieks af laughter.
Mrs. Bertram Hildebrsndt
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Tuesday, Dec 15, - continued
One would suppose that the costumes themselves would have furnished
amusement enough for the guests, but a carefully planned program of en-
tertainment had been arranged. This '-ncluded a grand march and the dancing
of the Minuet by six especially chosen ladies. Then came the Outdoor Sports
Club Album, brought in by two attractive pages. The time was supposedly
500 years hence. As the pages of the album were turned, s face appeared in
a large frame. The faces were those of members of the Club in the present day.
Then the page "boys" would read from their book "Oh, she was a great sport. She
was de rly beloved by every member of the Club" - or - "She won the tennis
tournament and was at one time President of the Club". And so on, until about
a dozen portraits had been shown. After this some old fashioned dances were
enjoyed, all members entering Into the gaiety.
lie can say without a doubt th=t this was one of the prettiest, nicest
parties ev^r held at the Wayside Inn. On leaving, the guests came down
stairs bundled up in short fur capes and muffs. On their heads were quaint
little bonnets tied under the chin. All the picture lacked was a stage
coach drawn up before the door.
Mrs. Warren Ball
Mrs. Harold P. Frost
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Wednesday, Dec 16, 1936
Every now and then Mrs. L. L. Winship of South Sudbury
drives up to the Inn in this 19"2 model Ford. It attracts a lot of
attention. Mrs. Winship says that it furnishes amusement for a gre^t
many people. Joanna Winship, seen with her mother in the picture, is
a pupil in our Southwest School.
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Thursday, Dec 17, 1936
Today we entertained another large party. This time it was a luncheon
for the Massachusetts Association of Welfare Officers, a lmost 100 in
attendance. Last month the sa me group held their businesss meeting and
luncheon in our large dining room and as one man ex pressed it today,
"You treated us so well before that we decided to come back today". 7/e
understand that the monthly meeting for January is also to be at the
Wayside Inn, as voted in the meeting tode y. "You gave us a fine dinner "
a gentleman remarked and all were enthusiastic and co-operative guests.
Instead of the business meeting after luncheon today, there was a program
provided by professional entertainers. Paper hats and toys were found on
the tables in the dining room and on a Christmas tree.
Welfare Officers on the fre-nt steps
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Friday, Dec 18, 1936
Yesterday we were honored to have President Conant of Harvard cone
with Mrs. Conant and their young son for luncheon. A fter luncheon we
invited them to be guests of Mr. Ford, for which they were most
appreciative. President Conant said "We will accept this as a Christmas
gift". Mr. St Mrs. Conant sat for a long time in the Bar-room before the
open fire. Previous to luncheon they had taken a walk on some of the
side roads near the Inn.
Saturday, Dec 19, 1936
About twenty bright, eager little faces followed the hostess around
the house this afternoon. Phis was the Saturday Afternoon Club from
Newton, Brookline and Brighton which is composed of boys between the ages
of 8 - 12. Every S turday afternoon, under the leadership of two young men,
the boys visit factories, museums and historic sites. They were unusually
enthusiastic guests and asked unusual questions. For instance, in the Old
Kitchen after the hostess had shown three different types of toaster, to the group,
a small boy asked; "Was it comiron in the old days for one family to have three
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Sunday, Dec. 20, 1936 Pleasant
We were sorry that Mrs. Josepidne Raymond from Hillsdale, Michigan
and her friend Mrs. Chafer could not stay longer with us this afternoon,
They came unexpectedly and m^de a short tour through the house. On
leaving Mrs. Raymond said that she had heard much about the Inn and
wanted to see it especially when she came to New England.
Monday, Dec. 21, 1936 Pleasant
Undoubtedly an account of the Pageant wijl be given in the Diary of
the Wayside Inn Boys School. Too much cannot be said, however, in praise of
the beauty and sacredness of the picture which was presented tonight.
It left a lasting impression. The simple story of the Nativity was not a
lovely myth of 1,936 years ago. but tonight it w»s a real, living, vital event.
Shepards came from afar and the three kings brought precious gifts to the lowly
manger. Those who saw it will never forget.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1936 Colder
Several travellers journeying to spend Christmas with their families or
with friends stopped here for luncheon today. A lady alone registered from W^sh-
inton, D. C. and explained that she was enroute to St. Johnsbury, Vermont where she
expected to spend the holidays with a sister. " I may never get here again" she said
as she started for a walk. "I stayed over in Boston this extra day, just to see
the ^ayside Inn." When she returned from her walk, we saw a bag of flour from
the Mill tucked under her arm. "A Christmas remembrance from the VJayside Inn
to my sister." she said.
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1936 Cloudy
There has been much hustle and bustle today as the finishing touches
were put on the Ball-room arid other parts of the house in preparation for the
annual Christmas party. Tonight we entertained about 15C members of the Staff
and their families. Also the boys from the Wayside Inn schoool and pupils frc~ the
Marys Lamb -=nd Southwest Schools with their parents. Plays wsre given by
members of the two lower schcols ^fter which Santa Claus appren.red. Then a
grand, good time ensued during which gifts were opened and Christmas stockings
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Thursday, Dec 24, 1936
Small gifts wrapped in Christmas paper were put at each of the fifteen
places set for dinner in the Old Kitchen tonight. Usually such packages
contain an inexpensive joke or present, but this evening it was found that
the packages contained choice pieces of jewelry - a diamond bracelet and a
pearl brooch. These were gifts for members of a bridal party; the bride being
Miss Elsbeth Wyraan and the groom, Mr. H. M. Horeck. After a heartyroast beef dinner,
the party adjourned to the large Ball room where old fashioned dancing was enjoyed.
Miss Fisher played the piano ?nd Miss Oehme, our new dancing teacher, directed.
We heard some lively dance steps and much laughter. It was a pretty sight with
all the lancers in evening attire. In the background were two Christmas trees.
A very nice Christmas eve party. The bride and goom-to-be will be married
tomorrow and will come immediately to the Wayside T nn where they will spend a
a couple of days.
Friday, Dec. 25, 1936
A bountiful Christmas dinner w--s served to 186 guests to-day. Christmas greens
sprinkled with silver icicles and pewter bowls filled with the traditional
Ribbon candy gave s. very Christmassy atmosphere to the whole house. There
were seme family groups including two or three children whfcile many parties con-
sisting of only two adults were served. Everyone seemed to enjoy the dinner.
We felt however, that thia was a lonely day for may who came.
Saturday, Dec 26, 1936
Another Old Kitchen dinner brought this week to a close. Included in the
party of seven, was a y:ung newspaper correspondent who has recently travelled
all over the world; much of his time was spent in Ethiopia and in Manchuria.
When a guest has travelled widely and is familiar with old world houses and
customs, we sometimes hesitate to explain our simple Early American things.
Usually, however, as in the case of our guest this evening, a person who is
familiar with the Old World is doubley interested in ^tfee- things of the New
World. He likes to compare ani often he finds things at the Wayside Inn which
are entirely new; things that he has not seen anywhere else in the Worldl
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Sunday, Dec. 27, 1936
During this Chris trar.s season, the Way tide Inn family
had tine for a little Christmas cheer of its own.
Greeting chares have been exchanged and a large stocking
i hung by the fireplace in the Bar-room filled, it is said,
by Santa Clans when he came down our chimney. The writer
will never forget the picture of our Saturday night dinner-
friend I, Mr, i 1 . Bowker who brought us en armful of
gifts. One for each hobte s, one for each waitres s and r
large box of candy to be shared by all.
nday, Dec 28, 1936
Several large grouoc* of people have been shown through
the hou:e today; reminiscent of the .r time when large
oups gather frequently. Durinr this Christmai reek, how-
ever , we have been entertaining faaily parties, children
having school vacations and :everal college boys and girls
spending Christmas at hone. Among the latter have been a
t Point Cadet and an Annapolis midshipman. Also 6 boys
frora Alt) ion College, Michigan.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1936
The Wayside Inn Chapter of the D.A.R. celebrated
its 32nd Birthday anniversary today toy holding a luncheon
pnC meeting at the Wayside Inn. We were told that Mr. Lemon
a - lrndlord of the Inn qpvc them their charter, had it made
and framed for them. Thirty one members and friends were
in attendance this noon.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1936
"Whos ""ho" tells us that Mr. John Young-Hunter is a
noted artist. He was educated at the Royal Academy School in
London end " - studied under several well known artists in-
cluding John^Sargent . Works of Mr. Young-Hunter have been
exhibited in L ndon, Paris and New York. Thus we could go on
telling much a^out this artist who joent last night at the
Wayside Inn. He same with Mrs. Young-Hunter er rly yesterday
afternoon and enjoyed a walk to the Mill and '-.chool house.
After dinner Mr. & Mrs. Young-Hunter spoke enthusiastically
of the Inn; they wanted to hear all about it; they like old
furniture; they spoke of the early oine and mp^le thing
particularly. Then, as the usual dinner guests left the Inn
to the enjoyment of the overnight guests -a:: it were- Mr .
and Mr.. Young -Hunter showed u: photographs of portraits done
by Mr. Young-Hunter; th? t of Mrs. Andrew Carnegie end many other
well known ^eoole. Mrs. Young-Hunter explained that New York,